On Saturday, Ashton-under-Lyne’s Constituency Labour Party (CLP) chose their Prospective Parliamentary Candidate (PPC). Angela Rayner was selected to represent the Greater Manchester constituency, which has been Labour since 1935.
Rayner, who has been a member of the Labour Party for almost a decade, previously worked as a carer for elderly people and joined a trade union after seeing how carers were continuously paid below the minimum wage. She then went on to become a full-time Unsion representative on Stockport council.
Prior to her selection, on her website she explained why she is was standing to be Labour’s PPC:
“Time and again we hear voters say that they want representatives who are local and who have lived real lives. If politics – and the Labour Party – don’t listen to that, rebuilding trust in our system will be impossible.
Our communities desperately need change and that change must be rooted in the everyday lives of the people we seek to represent. Too often the policies devised in Westminster seem distant from the real challenges people face every day.
That’s why I’m standing.”
Congratulations to Angela, and commiserations to the other candidates.