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Race to succeed MP enters final furlong

Ex-council leader Marie Rimmer, who is shortlisted to become the town's candidate for Labour MP

Ex-council leader Marie Rimmer, who is shortlisted to become the town's candidate for Labour MP

Labour Party members are set to vote this Sunday (April 6) for their candidate to be the next MP for St Helens South and Whiston.

Current MP Shaun Woodward has already announced his decision to stand down at next year’s General Election.

Former council leader Marie Rimmer is part of a three-strong, all-woman shortlist which also includes St Helens-born London councillor Catherine McDonald and Manchester councillor June Hitchen.

There will be a hustings meeting and vote at Thatto Heath Labour Club, with the winner expected to be announced by about 2pm.

Around 200 of the 300-plus members of the St Helens South and Whiston Labour Group are expected to participate in the ballot.

Coun Rimmer, who has dedicated more than 30 years to public service in St Helens, said: “Representing my home town in Parliament would be a tremendous honour and I’m certain I am capable of doing the job and fighting for St Helens South and Whiston.

“I’m standing because I’m passionate about our town. It’s my home, it’s where my family grew up and I believe our best days are ahead of us.”

Catherine McDonald says she will be “a local champion” who will bring “fresh ideas and ambition”.

She said: “I worked on employment for the last Government – so I know how to get things done in Westminster.

“I’ll use all my experience, from delivering results in central and local Government, and from working for a decade in the public and private sectors.

“It would be an honour and privilege to serve.”

 

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