Ian, formerly an outdoor pursuits executive organising events throughout the UK, plans to replace local Tory MP Robert Goodwill in the May 2015 General Election and become Labour’s second ever MP for the constituency
Ian was a pupil at Lealholm Primary School, Eskdale School and Whitby Community College. At the time of the historic election of Labour’s first MP for Whitby in 1997 he was Labour candidate in the Community College’s mock election. Ian later went on to Yorkshire Coast College in Scarborough.
Until his selection as prospective parliamentary candidate for Scarborough and Whitby Ian was Director of Development and Deputy Chief Executive Officer at Widehorizons Outdoor Education Trust organising adventure learning throughout the UK.
Ian told Labour members at their selection meeting that Scarborough & Whitby desperately needed an MP who could lead regeneration of the area so that local young people can have good jobs and prospects without having to move away.
“My family still lives here but when I was 18 I moved away from the area because like so many young people I felt, with few jobs and prospects, that there was nothing here for me. That doesn’t need to happen to our children and grandchildren.
The Scarborough and Whitby area is full of people with real skills, real motivation and real passion but our local Conservative MP and Councils have become complacent and stale; that leadership needs replacing. We need people with drive, vision and passion for our future. Services to support and nurture our young people shouldn’t be just adequate, but as good as the rest of the country, if not the very best in the country.
Central government and out of touch local authorities have been allowed to ignore the challenges faced by coastal and rural communities, that must be stopped. We have incredible local assets and collective potential here on the coast; to release that we have to enable and encourage local people, business and government to work together as never before. This all needs an MP working exclusively and full time for Scarborough and Whitby.