Birch Green resident Sue Gregson has been chosen by Labour Party members in the ward to be Labour’s candidate in the upcoming by-election.
The by-election has been triggered following Cllr Claire Cooper’s resignation from the council.
Claire had represented the ward since May 2016, but has now chosen to step down from her role on the council.
Sue has lived in Birch Green for 45 years and has raised her family here and has grandchildren living here also. She has outlined her priorities for the ward and the town in her presentation to members.
Sue wishes to concentrate on building a safer and cleaner environment for Birch Green residents if successful in the expected November by-election.
Sue is a registered social worker and has worked in local government for over 20 years primarily in hospitals and social care. Following her selection, she said:
“I want to thank the Labour members who voted for their support. I consider it an honour and privilege to be given this opportunity. I will do my absolute best to represent the people of Birch Green ensuring their views are heard and they have a voice on the local council.
“Birch Green is my home and I want to work with fellow councillors to bring about the improvements we want and deserve.
“I will be about the ward over the next month and look forward to meeting residents from across Birch Green.”
Sue has already been involved in setting up www.facebook.com/groups/BirchGreenMatters to help residents raise the matters affecting their day to day lives, directly with the local ward councillor.
Council Leader Cllr Ian Moran said:
“I’d like to thank Claire for her hard work during her time as a councillor, across many roles including serving in the Cabinet and as a committee Chair.
“Claire was passionate about the town she lives in and I look forward to working with Sue who shares that same passion on the big issues in her ward, none bigger than the delivery of Skelmersdale town centre development with work set to start imminently.
“Sue and the Labour team will continue to be out and about around the ward, so I would encourage residents to talk with us about any issues and concerns that we can help with.”