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Cllr Chris Pines to retire after 35 years of service to Winchester

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Long serving Labour Councillor Chris Pines has decided to retire after thirty-five years of esteemed service to Winchester and the Labour Party. He has represented local people with great determination and perseverance and will be greatly missed.

Winchester Labour have selected Ben Farnes to fight the St John and All Saints seat. Cllr Pines feels that Ben is the right person to succeed him: “I am delighted to recommend and support Ben Farnes.”


“Ben has a record of representing local people on a number of local and regional bodies, serving as an NHS Governor at the Hampshire Hospitals Foundation Trust, as well as being a champion for young people through his previous role as a Member of Youth Parliament.”


“Ben will bring youth, energy and enthusiasm to the coming campaign and then to the role of City Councillor.”


Ben commented, “It is a tremendous privilege to have been selected. Chris has served the people of Winnall and Highcliffe with great dedication over many years and I look forward to the opportunity of carrying on his good work.”


“I was born in Winchester, work here and care deeply about the community. Making sure ordinary people are not priced out of this great City is a priority of mine as well as improving public transport links and working to ensure that Winchester becomes a living wage city.”


“I look forward to working with Cllr Janet Berry, Cllr Clive Gosling and Parliamentary Candidate Mark Chaloner on these and other key issues”.


“The Tories and the Liberal Democrats over successive administrations and many years have failed ordinary people in Winchester. By re-electing a Labour Councillor in St John & All Saints we can ensure that ordinary people have a voice.”

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