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Friday, 31 October 2014

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Labour man proud of Cumbrian election win

A top trade unionist says politics is in his blood and he is delighted to be in public office.

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Ged Caig

Ged Caig, 62, was elected to represent Castle for the Labour Party on Carlisle City Council, replacing outgoing Liberal Democrat Olwyn Luckley.

Mr Caig is well known as an organiser for the GMB workers’ union, and said he ran for the council seat after deciding he still has a lot to give.

“I was a member of Cleator Moor town council and politics is in my blood,” he said.

“I thought I have got quite a bit to offer and have the understanding because I have been representing people all my life.

“I just want to continue in the role as long as I can and as long as the electorate want me.”

Veteran Luckley opted not to put herself forward for election after nine years in the post.

She told the News & Star the role was very fulfilling and that she was “genuinely sorry” that her tenure had come to an end.

During his time as GMB organiser Mr Caig intervened in disputes between Carlisle City Council and its staff.

In one instance he argued that threats to discipline staff who complained about pay cuts were “absolutely appalling”.

And in 2009 he played a part in resisting redundancies, cuts and privatisation at the same council.

Regarding the election success, Mr Caig said he was pleased with his debut victory and that there were no surprises for Labour on the night.

He said: “We’ve done a lot of canvassing and speaking to people and discussing issues. I’m delighted and honoured to be the member for Castle along with Willie Whalen and Elsie Martlew.

“It’s superb and I know our team, including myself, put a lot of hard work into it.

“Ukip made major inroads but when it comes to a general election there’s a full manifesto to be perused and I think peoples’ views might change.”

Labour and the Conservatives each gained a seat following Thursday’s vote. Labour retained control of the authority.

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