Worthing West CLP votes for experienced candidate, Jim Deen.
Jim Deen has been selected to contest the Worthing West Constituency for Labour in next year’s General Election. For Jim it marks a return to front-line politics having previously stood in the old Worthing constituency in 1992 before boundary changes split the town into two.
“I feel the same kind of anger now as I did back then when we were facing the appalling damage the Thatcher government had inflicted on so many families and communities,” said Jim. “This time it’s taken less than five years for the Tory-led coalition to set about destroying cherished services like the NHS and education and have brought misery to the lives of the most vulnerable and disadvantaged with policies like the Bedroom Tax. Who would have thought we would see food banks in Worthing?”
“That’s what’s made me so angry and why I’m determined to argue for Labour’s way of building a better and fairer Britain,” he said.
Jim has lived in Worthing for over 40 years and raised his family here. “They all still live in the Worthing area, so I care passionately about the future of the town my grandchildren are going to grow up in,” he said. He has led adult education classes in local history and currently works as a conservation volunteer for the Steyning Downland Scheme.
Jim started his working life as a research scientist at the former Glasshouse Crops Research Institute in Rustington. He later made a career move into journalism and worked for a major magazine publishing company, first as a writer and editor of technical magazines and later as a publisher of a wide range of consumer and business-related titles. For the ten years before he retired in 2009 he ran his own small publishing company producing leaflets and magazines for clients.
Jim feels particularly passionate about protecting the NHS. “Labour built the NHS and it’s one of our greatest achievements. To see it being torn apart by the Tories with the help of the Liberal Democrats makes me so angry.”
“That’s why I launched Labour’s campaign last week by supporting the protest at the offices of the Clinical Commissioning Group against the plan to sell off the Musculoskeletal services in our local NHS hospitals to BUPA CSH Ltd,” he said. “The NHS will be a crucial issue in next year’s General Election and here in Worthing we are seeing the kind of privatisation that the Tories want to see right across the NHS.”
“I’m determined to fight this BUPA deal and I know I have the support of the vast majority of people in Worthing who hold the future of their NHS services very close to their hearts,” said Jim Deen.
He is also concerned about the impact Tory policies have had on housing in the area. “It’s become almost impossible for first-time buyers to get on the property ladder. An increasing number of young families are having to live in rented accommodation and face the problems of exorbitant rents and the insecurity of short tenancies,” he said. “These are problems Labour is going to tackle with an ambitious house building programme and new legislation to give better protection for those in rented accommodation.”
For more information contact Jim Deen on 01903 207913 or at firstname.lastname@example.org