Sunday, 25 March 2012

GE2015: Lincoln's Labour Party Select General Election Candidate

Lincoln Constituency Labour Party have held a closed primary and selected their candidate for the next General Election.

Members of the party have selected Cllr. Ms Lucy Rigby, Labour (Halloway Ward (Islington Council) to be their candidate. Cllr. Ms Rigby was first elected to her local council in 2010, and is reported to have helped campaign for Labour candidates in the Lincoln City Council elections last year, which saw the authority return to Labour control. She is a lawyer by profession, with experience in Private Practice and the Office of Fair Trading as well as having worked at the Hague and practised EU competition law in Brussels.

Criticising the selection, one local activist, Mr. Edward Mayers, on the Labour List website, said:
"It would have been a much easier sell for Labour to select a local candidate in my opinion.
Lincoln's previous Labour MP, Ms Gillian Merron (1997-2010), had a background as a local government officer, and as a UNISON and NUPE trade union official, before becoming involved at a senior level with the Labour Party's 1992 general election campaign.

The candidates were:

Rosanne Kirk - A local party member and head of the Kids Cross Safely campaign (and actively involved in the Bite the Ballot, Comprehensive Future and Drop the Bill campaigns). She has received endorsements from two MPs (Andrew Gwynne and Barbara Keeley) as well as former MP and Lord Jim Knight. She also has the backing of the National Union of Mineworkers.  
Karen Lee – A Nurse and councillor, Karen Lee is a lifelong Lincoln resident and works at the local hospital. She previously worked on the checkout at a local supermarket, where she became a trade union shop steward, eventually putting herself through night school to gain nursing qualifications. She fought off a strong Lib Dem challenge to hold her council seat 2010 – part of a fight back by Lincoln Labour that saw them re-take the council in 2011. She’s backed by Unite, Unison, the GMB, UCATT and ASLEF. 

Frances Rehal - A parish councillor, school governor and vice chair of her local party branch, Rehal is also a member of the Co-op Party and has announced her intention to run as a Labour Coop candidate if selected. She has selection process experience (having stood already in Swindon and Ipswich) and has promsied to ”look at the Obama presidential campaign and see how those who were not engaged in politics were won over as staunch Obama supporters.” She was also recently honoured with an MBE for her contribution to services to children and families.

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