Labour legend Dennis Skinner received a rapturous reception on Friday (9th) as he paid a visit to Wibsey for the annual Bradford South Constituency Labour Party (CLP) dinner.
More than 120 people gathered at St Winefrides Church Hall to hear Dennis, fondly known as the ‘Beast of Bolsover’, speak.
Dennis has been an MP for his Derbyshire seat since 1970 and in December became the longest continuously serving MP in the history of the Labour Party.
The fundraising curry night was well attended by senior councillors, union officials and Labour members from across the Bradford district.
Dennis reminisced about his late friend, former Bradford South MP Bob Cryer, who was killed in a car crash in 1994, before giving a blistering speech which took aim at the Conservative Government and hailed the achievements of Labour governments from 1997-2010, before outlining his vision for a Labour victory at the next election
Attendees also heard from Joanne Thomas, Divisional Officer for shop-workers’ union USDAW’s for the North-East and chair of Yorkshire and the Humber TUC.
Bradford Council leader Susan Hinchcliffe and Judith presented Cllr Val Slater with flowers for her exemplary 22 years’ service as a City of Bradford councillor. Cllr Slater, who represented Royds ward, is standing down in May after holding a wide variety of positions on the council, including deputy leader. Former council leader and Wibsey councillor David Green was also presented with a cake for his 60th birthday.
Judith said: “Dennis is true Labour legend. We were both sent to Ruskin College, Oxford, by our trade union and throughout his time in parliament he has been a champion of working people. It was a pleasure to welcome him to Bradford South for a great evening.”
(Picture credits: Cllr Ralph Berry)