Mid Derbyshire’s Labour Party members’ choice to fight the 2015 general election pledged to ‘fight for a fair deal for local people' upon her selection last night.
Nicola Heaton was backed by a majority of local members in their bid to unseat the current Tory MP Pauline Latham. With Labour leading national opinion polls by a significant margin, the race to represent Mid Derbyshire in Westminster is set to be a closely fought contest.
Commenting on her selection, Nicola Heaton said: “I’m honoured that local Labour Party members have selected me as their candidate and I pledge to be a vocal advocate for hardworking people.
“Independent figures from the Office for National Statistics and the Institute for Fiscal Studies show that people are, on average, £1,600 worse off under David Cameron and Nick Clegg, compared to 2010, as prices continue to outstrip wages.
“Public services are being cut and utility bills are up an average of £300 – all whilst the Tory-led government hands a £3billion tax break to the top 1% of earners by cutting the 50p rate. People are working hard 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."
Nicola added: I’m looking forward to getting out on the doorsteps of Mid Derbyshire and making the case for Ed’s One Nation alternative here.”