Prominent local Labour figure to stand in Congleton
Cheshire East borough and Sandbach town councillor Sam Corcoran has been selected as the Labour Party candidate for Congleton for the 2017 general election.
Sam Corcoran has lived and worked in Sandbach for 17 years, running his own business. His wife is a GP in Alsager and the pair have been married for 28 years and have two primary school age children.
Sam went to Manchester Grammar School and won an open scholarship to read maths at Oxford University.
After qualifying as a chartered accountant he worked for two years as a teacher in a girls secondary school in rural Kenya with the Volunteer Missionary Movement.
Since 2011 Sam has been the Cheshire East councillor for Sandbach Heath & East (a seat he won for Labour, defeating a sitting Conservative councillor).
As the Cheshire East Labour Group press officer Sam has maintained a high profile in the area, and has been described as ‘influential’ in exposing the scandals of Lyme Green (where over £1m was wasted when Cheshire East Council started work on a waste transfer station without planning permission.)
He is also credited for his efforts in exposing the CoreFit scandal, whereby Cheshire East Council was found to have waived its normal rules in awarding contracts to the then Conservative Leader's personal physiotherapist.
Sam has served as a town councillor in Sandbach, and as chair of Churches Together in Sandbach. He is currently the vice president of the North Staffordshire Symphony Orchestra.
He spearheaded a campaign against payday loan companies and is on the board of the Cheshire Neighbours Credit Union.
Sam cites his achievements as a local councillor as being: new equipment in parks and playgrounds, Junction 17 improvements (an ongoing issue), supporting the successful campaign to keep Sandbach Children’s Centre open as well as instigating and supporting the community-led effort to produce the Sandbach Neighbourhood Plan.
Sam continues to campaign against the cuts to school funding proposed by the Conservatives, and said on the issue: “I have seen the devastating impact of Conservative planning policies on our towns in south Cheshire.
“I am determined to do all I can to stop the flood of speculative housing applications that are the result of deliberate government policy and local Conservative incompetence.
“I am standing for election because in order to protect my community I need to be elected to Parliament.
“If I am elected as MP for Congleton then I will ensure that government policy changes and the greenfields around our communities are protected.”
Middlewich councillor Jonathan Parry commented: “I am delighted that Sam is standing for Parliament.
“He would make an excellent and effective constituency MP, standing up for the interests of the people of Congleton.”
He added: “As one of the top tax experts in the country he could really make a difference to the nation; many people say that they want to reform the tax system and make it fairer. As a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Taxation, Sam has the ability and technical expertise to actually achieve it.”