‘It’s not how many candidates – it’s the winning that counts.’
That is the message from the Labour Party camp after readers expressed disbelief it only had one candidate standing in the South Holland District Council elections.
I have always loved England. It has been good to mePolish-born Voyteck Kowalewski (62)
Candidates battling it out across 18 wards for the 37 seats on the district council were named on Friday.
Within minutes of posting names on the Free Press website, we were asked: “Are there really no Labour candidates for most wards?”
Labour’s man is Voyteck Kowalewski (62) and he is standing in the Moulton, Weston and Cowbit Ward against UKIP’s Emily Bates, Tories Anthony Casson, Andrew Woolf and Rodney Grockock, LibDem Mary Lane and Independent Jim Scarsbrook.
Polish-born Mr Kowaleski has lived in Moulton with his family for nearly nine years, having moved to the UK in 1982, and officially became a British citizen earlier this year.
He said: “It was a life-changing event for me. I have always loved England. It has been good to me.
“Standing for council is about giving something back. It’s not enough to be just a good citizen.”
Matthew Mahabadi, Labour’s candidate in the parliamentary elections, said it was always the intention of the party to have candidates in more wards.
He said: “Unfortunately, there was a number of personal challenges and family health issues which presented a full spread of candidates. But those we have are passionate. It’s not how many, it’s the winning that counts.”