THE Labour Party held a campaign launch for its Bridgwater and West Somerset candidate Oliver Thornton in Bridgwater on Friday night (November 15).

With the nominations officially in, the Labour Party held an event at Bridgwater Town Hall, where members were given the chance to hear from the man they hope can become MP for the constituency.

The 32-year-old has a 1st class degree in law, and has spent the past decade in London working to aid the way financial crime is predicted and detected.

Speaking to an enthusiastic room of Labour members, Mr Thornton said: "We are distracted from dealing with the climate emergency because we are divided by politics of anger, hate and Brexit.

"But we must remember, as Jo Cox said, that we have far more in common than divides us."

Mr Thornton highlighted that he and his party would work toward improving the NHS and fighting its privatisation, improving public transport, stop the 'dismantling of the welfare state' and build many more affordable homes.

The Labour Party said it would be taking its campaign from Bridgwater to as many rural villages as possible in the hope of getting its message across.

Labour leader on Bridgwater Town Council , Cllr Brian Smedley, said: "People certainly cannot say the parties are all the same anymore.

"We need to persuade people of our message and I think we have the best candidate for the job."