Labour Party members in South Leicestershire have selected a local councillor to take on sitting Tory MP Andrew Robatham at the general election.
Amanda Hack, a married mum of two, represents the Thorpe Astley ward on Braunstone Town Council. Professionally, Amanda works as Head of Economic Development for the Asra Housing Group – a leading housing and regeneration provider, managing 13,500 homes in the Midlands and South East England.
Speaking after her selection as Labour’s choice for South Leicestershire, Amanda said: “I’m delighted that local people have backed me to take on the Tories and Lib Dems in South Leicestershire.
“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 South Leicestershire 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 income tax 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."
Amanda added: “I’m looking forward to getting out on the doorsteps of South Leicestershire and making the case for Ed Miliband’s One Nation alternative here.”
South Leicestershire Constituency Labour Party member Lord Willy Bach, who serves as a Shadow Foreign and Commonwealth Office Minister in the Lords, welcomed Amanda’s selection. He said: “Amanda has a proven track record in standing up for local people – just the kind of advocate the people who have been left worse off by this government need. I look forward to working with her in the run up to the general election.”