a LABOUR stalwart is hoping to take over the seat held by a suspended councillor in South Tyneside’s local elections.
Wilf Flynn, who was secretary of Jarrow’s Constituency Labour Party, has been put forward to contest the Hebburn South seat at the election on May 7.
It has been a long apprenticeship but the opportunity has arisen to seek election as a Labour councillor and I have accepted the nomination.Wilf Flynn
The seat is currently held by Coun Eddie McAtominey, who was handed a sixth-month suspension by the borough’s Labour group last month for breaching the council’s code of conduct.
The decision was made after claims that the councillor had failed to represent the local authority at a Tyne and Wear Pensions Fund training day in York on March 3, after travelling to the North Yorkshire city.
Coun McAtominey, who has been a ward member since 1973, had submitted papers to stand as Independent in next month’s election but yesterday, as nominations closed, he withdrew his application.
His name appeared on the official list of candidates as an independent but with the word “withdrawn” next to it.
Coun McAtominey was not available for comment last night.
Mr Flynn, a maintenance joiner for South Tyneside Homes, has been involved with the Labour Party and the Union of Construction Allied Trades and Technicians (UCATT) for 43 years.
The 61-year-old said: “I have held most positions in Jarrow and South Tyneside Labour Party.
“It has been a long apprenticeship but the opportunity has arisen to seek election as a Labour councillor and I have accepted the nomination.
“I thank the Labour Party across South Tyneside for putting their trust in me to represent the socialist values of the Labour Party for the people Hebburn South ward on South Tyneside Council.”
He added: “With the support from the electorate of the Hebburn South Ward, I will be available to deal with your concerns, because your concerns are my concerns.”