Gareth Snell

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Posted on 07 April 2017

SPIRE were pleased to see graduate Gareth Snell elected for Labour in the Stoke by election held on 23rd February 2017. Snell, who graduated from Keele in 2008 in Politics and History, won with 37% of the vote. Since graduating, Gareth has been working as a councillor for Labour on Newcastle-under-Lyme Borough Council for which he was Council Leader between 2012-2014. He is a strong supporter of the introduction of a living wage and while a local councillor implemented a  ‘no redundancies’ policy for council staff which remains in force despite on-going cuts to local government budgets. He supported the Remain camp in the referendum on membership of the EU but has pledged to respect the referendum result in his work as an MP.

Jack Brereton, another SPIRE graduate, who graduated from Keele in 2009 in Politics and International Relations, came in third for the Conservatives, just beaten to second place by Paul Nuttall of the UK Independence Party. The Stoke-on-Trent Central by election was called as a result of the resignation of Tristam Hunt to become director of the Victoria and Albert Museum.

Dr Matthew Wyman, who taught both of the ex-SPIRE candidates commented ‘I'm very pleased that Jack Brereton and Gareth Snell are the first two graduates of my Practice of Politics module to run for Parliament, and that Gareth has run successfully. I'm sure both of them would/will make outstanding MPs, now and in the future.’