Mother of four pledges to be ‘voice of South Derbyshire in Parliament’
Labour Party members in South Derbyshire have this weekend, Saturday, selected Cheryl Pidgeon as their candidate to stand in the 2015 general election.
Mother-of-four Cheryl Pidgeon was selected to overturn Tory Heather Wheeler’s 7,128-vote majority following a ballot of constituency members at Hilton Village Hall.
The 55-year-old Labour candidate, Midlands Regional Secretary for the Union of Construction, Allied Trades and Technicians (UCATT), said: “I feel exceptionally proud and privileged to represent Labour in such a fantastic constituency alongside such a brilliant Labour team! Good people have placed their trust in me and I’m not going to let them down.”
Mrs Pidgeon described her selection as ‘the culmination of a lifetime of representing people, business and communities’ and said it gave her a chance ‘to help leave a fairer and more inclusive world for our children’.
She pledged that if elected she would fight for her constituents’ interests while campaigning against poverty and for quality jobs, education and transport, a publicly-run NHS and a sustainable environment.
Mrs Pidgeon said: “I want to be the voice of South Derbyshire in Parliament rather than an MP who imposes Parliament on South Derbyshire.”
Born in Nottingham, Mrs Pidgeon’s mother was a care assistant while her father served in the RAF after working as a coal miner, a job done by her grandfather for almost 50 years.
The candidate, who has two brothers and one sister, attended Long Eaton Grammar School and then worked as a direct procurement officer for the Ministry of Defence in Nottingham and as a buyer for Raleigh Industries Ltd and Bell Fruit in the same city.
Mrs Pidgeon then became Head of Materials Planning, Exporting and Importing at Nottingham bicycle giant Raleigh Industries Ltd before serving as Parliamentary Assistant to Nottingham North Labour MP Graham Allen.
She was then membership development administrator at the KFAT union, Senior Organiser and Political Officer at the GMB union, and the TUC Midlands Regional Secretary before becoming the first woman in the history of UCATT to hold her current post.
Former Derbyshire County Councillor and current Erewash Borough Councillor, Cheryl is married to Philip, a 53-year-old civil servant, and she is a proud grandmother of two. Mrs Pidgeon’s interests include spending time with her family, music and reading.