Stalwart Cannock councillor and Eastern European descendant Janos Toth has been selected as Labour Parliamentary candidate to fight controversial Tory MP Aidan Burley at the General Election.
Coun Toth, who is Deputy Leader of Cannock Chase District Council, beat five other candidates for the right to take on Burley, who caused uproar earlier this year after attending a Nazi-themed party in a French ski resort.
The Labour man is a vastly experienced local politician, with 17 years on Cannock Chase District Council, 14 years on Staffordshire County Council and spells on Stoke on Trent and Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Authority and Staffordshire Police Authority.
On his website, Toth pledges to ‘give Burley no hiding place.’ “To win back Cannock Chase we need to inspire people across the whole constituency to support Labour’s principles and policies. People need to see there is a better way forward than this dreadful Tory-LibDem coalition and that Labour are on their side.
“I would continue to challenge our Tory incumbent about his poor record and put him on the spot to answer on behalf of the Government. As a candidate, I would give Burley no hiding place.”
On his family background, Coun Toth says: “I was brought up by working parents, both of whom had to adapt to Britain, my father being Hungarian and mother being Polish.”
Toth, a member of the Labour Party for over 30 years, previously stood for Parliament in 1997 at Aldridge-Brownhills, when he fell 2,526 votes short of ousting Tory MP Richard Shepherd.
Mr Burley, then 31, won Cannock Chase for the Tories in 2010 with a dramatic 14.02 per cent Tory swing, the largest of its kind at the poll.
But he blotted his copybook when he was exposed in a national newspaper after attending a stag party in the French ski-ing resort of Val Thorens last December where the groom dressed as an SS officer – an outfit that the MP had hired from a shop in Quinton.
He was subsequently sacked from his job as aide to Transport Secretary Justine Greening by Prime Minister David Cameron. The Cannock MP also fell foul of Cameron following his comments on Twitter in July describing the Olympic opening ceremony as ‘leftie multi-cultural crap.’
The Prime Minister added: “What he said was completely wrong, I think an idiotic thing to say.”