David Sees Off BNP
9th May 2003
Former General Treasurer David Norman saw off a strong BNP and Tory challenge to hold his Southend Essex seat with a comfortable majority. Afterwards David said "It was the dirtiest election I have fought since I ran for General Secretary of the NCU against the late John Golding. The BNP flooded the ward with workers from as far afield as South London and distributed some filthy racist and homophobic material. We beat them with a carefully thought out tactical campaign.
David expressed his gratitude to Colin Tull CWU Regional Political Secretary and Mick Cowen, retired Headquarters Senior Clerk for their help in the campaign. He also commended the CWU for their sponsorship of National Assembly Against Racisim leaflet exposing the BNP. He now continues to represent an area of his home town on his local council, to which he was first elected at the age of 21, for a further four year term.
In September this year David celebrates 44 years continuous individual membership of the Labour Party. He continues his pledge to serve the Labour movement in his retirement. The day after his local election victory, he was elected Chairman of the governors of Ruskin College, Oxford, succeeding the GMB Peer Lord Derek Gladwyn, who died in April.