POLITICS: John Hayes is a local champion for us all

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Whilst it has been hugely encouraging to see considerable public interest in the Spalding Guardian’s hustings event on April 23, it will not be enough for candidates to be ready to debate local issues.

Whether or not they live in the constituency, they must also be able to demonstrate how they’ve contributed to the benefit of local causes.

Jumping on a bandwagon from the comfort of your home or making bizarre conflations of national issues, is simply not good enough

As yet, several candidates seem to think that all they have to do is write letters to the local press or go on a “walkabout”.

Matthew and David, jumping on a bandwagon from the comfort of your home or making bizarre conflations of national issues, is simply not good enough. You really do need to tell us about something you’ve actually done to help improve our local area.

For example (as readers will already know), John Hayes organises the annual Butcher’s Pride Competition – promoting Lincolnshire sausages, butchers and chefs alike.

Our MP is assisting the Spalding branch of the British 
Legion with plans to use part of the empty magistrates’ court building as a base. Over the years, he’s helped residents with many local planning issues – Harvester Way being but one recent example.

Our continued support for John is warranted as he’s a local champion for us all.