I'm standing to be labour's next parliamentary candidate for wycombe
I’m Jonny Roberts and I’m putting myself forward to be your next Labour Prospective Parliamentary Candidate for Wycombe. I hope you'll take a few minutes to learn a little more about me, why I’m standing and what I stand for.
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who am i?
I'm Jonny Roberts. I'm 30 years old, I grew up nearby in Aylesbury and I now live in Newbury with my wife Adriana and our daughter Valentina (who features probably too prominently on my Instagram!).
I joined Labour as a student eight years ago to help stop the Tories in the 2010 general election. I joined the local campaign and led the operation to get the student vote out and was delighted when my MP at the time - the wonderful Paul Flynn - was re-elected.
After uni, Adriana and I moved to Newbury, and I started working for a Bracknell-based company organising public policy conferences.
In Newbury I've been the CLP's Youth Officer (2011), the CLP Vice-Chair (2016), stood for council twice (2011, 2015) and - after coming 2nd in selections for Aylesbury and Wycombe - I was honoured to be selected to be Labour's Parliamentary candidate for Newbury in 2015.
In 2014 I ran a successful campaign to convince the local council to launch a collective energy switching scheme to help residents reduce their bills.
I am also a proud member of the Co-operative Party, Labour Campaign for International Development and the GMB trade union.
LABOUR'S PARLIAMENTARY CANDIDATE FOR NEWBURY IN 2015
As Labour's candidate for Newbury I campaigned with street stalls, visits to local groups and 6th forms, door-to-door canvassing, taking part in hustings and getting myself heard in the local media. On social media I utilised paid-for targeted advertising and video content (thanks to my friend, film producer, Jonathan Dunn) which you can see here.
In Newbury we had very limited resources but despite our small CLP I was delighted to win Labour’s then highest vote since Joan Ruddock stood in 1979.
I was born and raised in Aylesbury but my family history is rooted in High Wycombe.
My grandmother was born here and lived here until her death earlier this year. She met my grandfather here, and my Mum was born here. She, in turn, met my Dad here. And then my sister was born here!
Growing up, I spent most weekends here with my grandparents, and in 2006 I spent some time working in Wycombe as part of Sainsbury’s Trainee Management scheme.
Wycombe has played a big part in my life. I'm determined to see it represented in Parliament by a Labour MP for the first time since 1951. Steve 'Hard Brexit' Baker and his fellow Tories are presiding over crises in housing, health, social care, energy, education and welfare. They have no idea what to do about it, and we are seeing the impact on people in Wycombe.
With the right campaign we can win in Wycombe, and I will do all I can to show you that I can deliver that victory.
HOW THE SELECTION PROCESS WORKS...
Wycombe is one of Labour's 70+ target seats for the next General Election, and is having an early selection. I’ll add more details as they’re announced, but here’s the essentials:
DONE: The CLP elect members to the Selection Committee
DONE: Candidates put their name forward (applications close March 22nd)
DONE: The Selection Committee creates a ‘longlist’ from the applications
DONE: The longlisted candidates are invited for interview, with a successful few progressing to the shortlist (3rd & 4th April)
All members in the CLP have the chance to hear from the shortlisted candidates and elect a winner after a hustings session (22nd April)
WHAT OTHERS SAY ABOUT ME...
"I can enthusiastically vouch for Jonny's suitability as a future Labour candidate.
He was a tower of strength during my 2010 election campaign, particularly through his intelligent organisation of the student vote in the constituency.
Jonny’s tireless, skilled campaigning helped ensure that the election went the right way"
PAUL FLYNN MP, FORMER SHADOW LEADER OF THE HOUSE & SHADOW SECRETARY OF STATE FOR WALES (SUMMER OF 2016) & LABOUR MP FOR NEWPORT WEST CONSTITUENCY
"I had the pleasure of campaigning with Jonny in 2010. Insightful, dynamic and politically astute; he played an important role in the campaign in Newport West. He would be a great asset to Wycombe and I know he would campaign with energy, enthusiasm and dedication"
Jayne Bryant AM, Labour Member of the National Assembly for Wales, Newport West Constituency
"Jonny and I campaigned together for Remain during the referendum campaign. He was able to cut through the lies of the Leave campaign and complexities of the arguments to get our message across to voters. He's a passionate and committed campaigner, ready and able to expose the awful voting record and incompetence of Steve Baker"
MARTIN SALTER, FORMER LABOUR MP FOR READING WEST CONSTITUENCY
"I was Newbury CLP Chair when Jonny stood as our PPC in 2015. Although resources were extremely limited he worked tirelessly to represent Labour and his hard work, dedication and commitment paid off with a 4.2% increase in the vote. Jonny will make an excellent MP and will ensure the hopes and fears of everyone in the Wycombe Constituency are heard and addressed in Westminster"
GARY PUFFETT, FORMER PARLIAMENTARY CANDIDATE (2015 & 2017) FOR LABOUR IN ALDERSHOT CONSTITUENCY AND FORMER NEWBURY CLP CHAIR (2013-2017)
"Jonny was a hard working and committed candidate in Newbury constituency and made a real difference. He knows how to campaign and is also committed to Labour values - he would be an excellent choice as a parliamentary candidate"
CLLR. RACHEL EDEN, LABOUR COUNCILLOR & LEAD COUNCILLOR FOR ADULT SOCIAL CARE, READING DISTRICT COUNCIL; FORMER LABOUR PARLIAMENTARY CANDIDATE FOR WANTAGE CONSTITUENCY (2017) & labour & co-op party prospective parliamentary candidate for reading west
"Jonny's positivity and ideas inspire everyone around him. He's proven he can increase Labour vote share and fire up younger people to vote. He's the ideal campaigner: believes there is no substitute for knocking doors, but also knows how to use social media, radio and the press to reach the people we normally miss when we go round. Jonny is Labour to his core - listen to him speak, and you'll see he will become a strong and dedicated Labour MP"
TOM BOND, FORMER LABOUR COUNCILLOR (2012-2017) & ANTI-POVERTY CHAMPION (2013-2017), NEWPORT CITY COUNCIL
"Jonny is a tireless and committed campaigner who has demonstrated an in-depth understanding of the local and national issues that matter. His combination of commitment to his local area and grasp of national policy will make him a fantastic MP for Wycombe"
GRACE BLAKELEY, RESEARCHER, IPPR