Labour in first Rasen fight for district

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Market Rasen is to have its first Labour candidates running for district council in more than a decade.

Ian Sharp and Elizabeth Webster, both 67, were party members when they lived in Scunthorpe, but so enthused were they by the ‘energy’ of the campaign of Gainsborough PPC David Prescott, they decided to stand.

Former John Leggatt College maths teacher Elizabeth said since recently arriving in the Rasen area from Scunthorpe, they have become active in community activities. Elizabth is Treasurer of the Legsby Parish Meeting and Ian, the college’s former vice principal, is on the board of Wickenby’s Broadbent Theatre.

Elizabeth said she is interested in education, but also what will happen to Market Rasen after MR BIG.

“The town needs livening up a bit. That will be my maiden focus,” she said.

Ian, who has worked on safeguarding youth services in North Lincolnshire, is also interested in the Town Partnership.

He sees scope for empty shops hosting social enterprise activities, including a cafe run by unemployed youth. The markets could host music, street theatre and performing arts “to give more of a buzz.”

Labour also has candidates in Caistor and Yarbourough: Caistor-born-and-bred former commercial pilot Oliver Jackson, 32; and former Yarborough district councillor John Indian, 68.