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Landlord aims to swap pints for politics

Lee Hughes, tenant of the Red Hackle pub, Scotch Estate, Jarrow, will stand as an Independent  Putting People First candidate at next months local elections.

Lee Hughes, tenant of the Red Hackle pub, Scotch Estate, Jarrow, will stand as an Independent  Putting People First candidate at next months local elections.

A PUBLICAN is swapping pints for politics as he bids for a seat on South Tyneside Council.

Lee Hughes, tenant of the Red Hackle pub, Scotch Estate, Jarrow, will stand as an Independent – Putting People First candidate at next month’s local elections.

Campaigning for fewer councillors, reduced allowances and expenses and an end to what he called ‘perks’ of the job, Mr Hughes hopes to break the Labour political monopoly in the Bede ward, Jarrow, where he will be up against sitting member Coun Arthur Meeks.

Mr Hughes, 43, a father-of-six, who was born and grew up on the Scotch Estate, said: “I have lived on the Scotch Estate for more than 40 years and so know the ward very well.

“I have a family of three sons and three daughters, aged between two and 23 years old, and I also have four grand-daughters.

“So I have first-hand experience of the problems that families have and are going through in these tough times.”

Mr Hughes, who has been involved in the licensing trade all his adult life, believes the time is right for a non-Labour candidate in the Bede ward, where he is chairman of 4Bede residents’ group.

He added: “Until they started to attend our meetings on the Scotch Estate, many people didn’t know who their local councillors were.

“I would like to see the number of ward councillors reduced from three to two and an end to big council allowances and expenses.

“Plus, I think we should end perks like free food before council meetings, at a time when the council has to make big cuts.”

Mr Hughes previously stood as an independent candidate for the Bede ward in 2012, when he lost out to Labour by 80 votes.

If elected, he has promised not to “sit on the fence” on issues affecting the local community, to hold regular walkabouts and ward surgeries, work with community groups, champion youth causes, deliver a ward newsletter and fight for what he sees as “unfair” rent and council tax increases.

The South Tyneside local government elections will take place on Thursday, May 22.

 

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