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Labour chooses youngest candidate to fight for Stroud county seat

By Ben_Falconer  |  Posted: February 07, 2013

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The youngest Labour candidate in the county council elections wants to bring a fresh way of working to the chamber.

Stroud Labour Party has chosen Tosca Cabello-Watson as candidate for Stroud in the May elections to Gloucestershire County Council.

 "I am very pleased to be selected as the Labour Candidate," said Tosca. "And I'm looking forward to campaigning over the next 3 months on issues that affect Stroud residents."

At 23 she is the youngest of Labour's candidates in the May elections - and she believes that she can bring a fresh perspective to the way the council works. "Over the next few weeks I will be campaigning in every part of the town, listening to local people and talking with them about what needs to be done," said Tosca.

She said she was concerned about low wages and lack of jobs in the Stroud town area - especially how many young people are unemployed for over a year. "We've been building houses and ignoring the need for jobs," she said.

"If I am elected I will work hard to get a much better deal for Stroud; there is no good reason why Stroud can't become the first living wage town in the country. This would not only improve the lives of Stroud residents but also reduce the impact of the government's wide ranging welfare cuts. Many people in work are also on benefits because of the low wages they receive. A move to the 'living wage' would make life better for a lot of working people."

She's also against the council's plan for a waste burner at Javelin Park, Haresfield. Tosca was brought up in Gloucestershire, and has lived in the Cashes Green area since she was 11.

Having got a degree in international conflict she is now at college training to be a mechanic. She lives on a boat on the Gloucester & Sharpness Canal, in part because she cannot afford to live in Stroud. She has been able to use her knowledge of boats by working as a volunteer with the Cotswold Canal.

"It's great news for Stroud that Tosca is standing in the County Council election," says Labour district councillor and former MP, David Drew. "She's got youth and energy on her side - as well as a good understanding of politics and a strong belief in the power of communities working together for the good of local people."

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