Labour Party members in Kettering have selected Northamptonshire-born Rhea Keehn to take on Tory MP Philip Hollobone at the general election.
Rhea is a Project Manager for the West Northamptonshire Development Corporation – working to attract investment, development and jobs in the county. In her free time, Rhea volunteers for a local charity, helps out at a primary school and studies law.
Speaking after her selection as Labour’s choice for Kettering, Rhea said: “I’m delighted that local people have backed me to take on the Tories and Lib Dems in Kettering.
“Independent figures reveal that wages are an average of £1,600 down in real terms since 2010 as prices and inflation continue to raise faster that pay packets. Combined with an average increase of £300 on household utility bills, hardworking people in Kettering find themselves in the midst of a cost-of-living crisis.
“It needn’t be like this - it’s only because of the decisions David Cameron’s government has made that people who work hard and play by the rules are so out of pocket.
“Living standards for the majority have fallen in 44 of the 45 months David Cameron has been in Downing Street – all whilst the out-of-touch Tory-led government hands a £3billion tax break to the top 1% of earners by cutting the 50p rate. People are playing by the rules but not getting any better off.
“Ed Miliband has committed a future Labour government to delivering an energy price freeze and introducing a Jobs Guarantee to get the million unemployed young people back to work – a government who stands up for the many, not the few."
Rhea added: “I’m looking forward to getting out on the doorsteps of Kettering and making the case for Ed’s One Nation alternative here.”