Today, Saturday 20th July, Labour Party members in the Erewash Constituency have selected Catherine Atkinson to stand as Labour’s candidate for the next general election.
Catherine was selected following an all member hustings meeting which was held in Long Eaton. Catherine, 32, lives in Sandiacre and currently works as a barrister.
As someone who has worked as a local charity volunteer, a former councillor and as a lawyer representing some of the most vulnerable in our society, Catherine is determined to put her experience to good use in fighting for the best for Erewash and its hard working families.
Catherine got married last month to Dan who is an Army Reservist who deployed to Afghanistan last year.
Following the selection Catherine said: “I am humbled that Labour Party members in Erewash have put their trust in me as their candidate for the next general election.
“Erewash is a great place to live and work and has a fantastic story to tell. But the Tory-led government’s plan for jobs and growth is not working and the people of Erewash are bearing the brunt.
“It’s time that the Tories and the Lib Dems got the message that tax cuts for millionaires at a time when 660 young people in Erewash are out of work and families are struggling to make ends meet just doesn’t cut it for local people anymore.
“I will be a champion for Erewash. I’ll hard work to bring new investment and jobs to the area and will support our town centres by campaigning for increased powers to bring unused shops and buildings back into active use by local people and organisations.
“Erewash cannot afford five more years of the Tories. We need an MP that will stand up for them and who will put Erewash first, not someone who will support the failed policies of David Cameron and George Osborne.
“The general election may be over a year away but I’ll not rest. Starting from right now I’ll be listening to the views of local people and will be fighting for a better deal for Erewash.”