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Maths teacher Chris Vince hopes Labour's policies will add up for Stortford voters

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Labour's Chris Vince (8017907)
Labour's Chris Vince (8017907)

A maths teacher from Harlow has been appointed as the Parliamentary spokesman for the Hertford and Stortford Constituency Labour Party.

Chris Vince hopes to provide an alternative view to Conservative Mark Prisk, who has been MP since 2001.

He stood for Labour in Chelmsford at the 2015 and 2017 General Elections, tripling the socialist vote.

He is a member of Harlow District Council, representing the Little Parndon and Hare Street ward.

Chris said: “It's important that we raise the profile of the Labour Party as much as possible in Hertford and Stortford. We aim to pose a serious challenge to the Tories at the next General Election – whenever that may be – and to do that we have to make sure the public know that Labour is the party that will work hard in their local community, with their community and for their community.

“It's important we provide the alternative vision for the constituency so desperately needed by those who have been left behind by the Tories, to hold their MP to account, scrutinise his performance on behalf of his constituents and ensure the people of Hertford and Stortford get the quality and level of representation they deserve.

“I want to assure residents of Stortford and Hertford that we in Labour are listening to your views and will do all we can to be true advocates for the community. I see this as an exciting and challenging time, but it is an opportunity I relish.”

In welcoming Chris’s appointment, the constituency Labour Party chairman, David Jacobs, said: “The process of appointing a prospective parliamentary candidate (PPC) will take a while, but in the meantime we need to raise Labour’s profile on more than just local issues.

"We felt the time was right to make this appointment and are delighted to welcome Chris to join our team. I know he's a dedicated and exceptionally hard-working champion for Labour’s values.”


  1. Mark Prisk (Con) 36,184 – 60% of votes cast, up 4.2% on 2015
  2. Katherine Chibah (Lab) 17,149 – 28.6% (up 10.7%)
  3. Mark Argent (Lib Dem) 4,845 – 8.1% (up 0.3%)
  4. David Woollcombe (Green) 1,814 – 3.3% (down 1.7%).

Labour and the Tories mopped up most of the 7,534 (13.4%) votes won by UKIP in 2015 after the party failed to contest the 2017 election.

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