Staple Hill councillor chosen to fight Parliamentary seat again

Ian Boulton who was chair of South Gloucestershire last year

Ian Boulton who was chair of South Gloucestershire Council last year

Staple Hill councillor Ian Boulton has been selected to contest the Filton and Bradley Stoke (FABS) seat for Labour at next year’s General Election.

Mr Boulton was endorsed by former Kingswood Labour MP, Roger Berry in his bid to be selected as the Prospective Parliamentary Candidate for the FABS constituency, which includes Downend and Staple Hill.

Mr Boulton, who runs a professional training consultancy called Flexible Training Partners, also contested the seat at the 2010 General Election when he came second to Conservative Jack Lopresti, who had a majority of almost 7,000.

Endorsing Mr Boulton, Mr Berry said: “Ian has been a fellow activist and friend for many years. He is committed to Labour values of equality and social justice and has a deep understanding of local issues.

“As a local resident, local councillor, deputy leader of the Labour Group of South Gloucestershire councillors and former chair of the council, I believe that Ian would be an excellent Labour candidate for Filton and Bradley Stoke.”

Mr Boulton, who is also the lead member on the council’s Communities Committee, said: “It’s a huge privilege to be able to stand for Parliament for our area.”

He is a former chair of Oldland Parish Council, on which he represented the Cadbury Heath ward.