Dear Sir,

As the Chairman of South Durham Conservatives, which covers the constituencies of Darlington and Sedgefield, I am in a privileged position of having two MPs in my Association, Peter Gibson in Darlington, and Paul Howell in Sedgefield, both having taken their seats from Labour in 2019.

A Conservative-led council in Darlington, supported by Conservative Tees Valley Mayor, Ben Houchen and Conservative MP Peter Gibson, has been able to attract jobs and investment that would never have been seen north of Watford Gap when the Labour party were in control, despite one of their Prime Ministers living in Sedgefield! Boris Johnson promised that levelling up is a priority and moving part of the Treasury to Darlington was a key step to redressing the balance.

Contrast that with Labour-run Durham Council. Paul Howell has an uphill struggle because the Labour party at County Hall are entrenched in their idiosyncrasies, ideologies, and ideas. They hold millions of your hard-earned cash in reserves then put up the council tax again. They are wasting further millions on a new County Hall in the centre of Durham, despite there being other, more suitable locations that won’t flood every time it rains.

The unelected Police and Crime Commissioner has driven through plans to build a new custody suite, despite protests from all sides, and only Conservative Police and Crime Commissioners can be trusted to keep our communities and streets safe. While we are backing our police, Labour voted against measures to deliver tougher sentences for offenders, get knives off our streets and ensure dangerous criminals spend more time behind bars. Our Candidate, George Jabbour, promises More Police, Safer Streets.

With just a few days until the election, the choice for the people of County Durham is clear. Our candidates in Aycliffe offer a first class alternative to the tired old Labour councillors who take your votes for granted and continue to make bad decisions at County Hall. They will work as a team to deliver the services that are so desperately needed.

Martin Peeke in Aycliffe East

Tony Stubbs & David Sutton-Lloyd in Aycliffe North and Middridge

Elizabeth Maw in Aycliffe West

So, on the 6th May, it’s time for change, it’s time for fresh ideas and fresh leadership, it’s time to choose councillors who will work together for the good of Newton Aycliffe, so it’s time to vote Conservative.

Pauline Culley

Chairman, South Durham Conservatives