Last week, the Dartford Labour Party welcomed Labour’s newest MP – Andy Sawford, the recently elected Labour MP for Corby and East Northamptonshire – to the town.
At a very well attended constituency party dinner, Andy – a former Dartford borough councillor – was warmly greeted by old colleagues and had the opportunity to meet the local party’s newer members. He shared his campaigning experiences and spoke passionately about the relevance of Labour’s core values given the growing pressures being forced upon hard-working families by the Tory-led government. He also said that, while the task of re-electing a Labour MP in Dartford seemed like a huge challenge, it could nevertheless be done.
At the age of just 23, in 1999, Andy was elected as a Dartford councillor – representing Littlebrook ward until 2003. Soon after his election as a councillor, he was appointed to Dartford council’s cabinet as the member for community involvement and citizenship. Andy took the Corby seat from the Tories at last November’s by-election with a 7,791 majority.