Former MP reselected for St Albans seat 'up for it and serious about winning' (From St Albans & Harpenden Review)
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Former Labour MP Kerry Pollard reselected for St Albans seat, 'up for it and serious about winning'
St Albans former Labour MP has been reselected to challenge the current Conservative incumbent, who ousted him from the parliamentary seat in 2005.
Local party members have voted for Kerry Pollard to stand as their candidate in 2015 following a selection meeting on Friday.
The 69-year-old, who was first elected to represent the city in 1997, said he was coaxed back into politics over coalition government policies in areas such as on welfare and jobs.
Speaking to the St Albans Review, he said: "The attacks on the benefits have got me really worked up. These have been put in place on the people least able to bear them.
"People on benefits don’t have lavish lifestyles anyway so to start cutting their benefits, for me it’s absolutely abhorrent.
"Other things that drive me are the lack of aspiration for young people. Coming out of university they can’t get anything other than mundane jobs."
Mr Pollard was defeated by St Albans current Conservative MP Anne Main in 2005, when she overturned his 4,466 vote majority to win by 1,361 votes.
In 2010, Ms Main strengthened her majority, increasing it to 2,305, while the Liberal Democrats relegated Labour to third place.
Mr Pollard said he had considered running to retake his seat in 2010 and decided against it to concentrate on his role working for the housing association William Sutton.
He started thinking about running for 2015 after being approached by the local Labour association.
The father-of-seven said he then made his decision to put his name forward after discussing the matter with his wife and family who were supportive.
Despite coming third in 2010, Mr Pollard said the previous St Albans Labour candidate had left him a "good platform" to launch a bid to retake his former seat.
He said: "This is a three-way marginal, but we are in a different political environment.
"With the Liberal Democrats forming part of the Government they can’t pull out the old line ‘if we were in power the sun would shine all day’.
"They are in power and I think they have done some despicable things.
"I think I am as well placed as anybody. I am up for it, the local party is behind me and we are serious about winning."
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