Thursday, 15 August 2013

Labour's candidate for Morecambe gets set to challenge David Morris

Amina Lone, recently selected by the members of the Labour Party in Morecambe and Lunesdale to contest the General Election for Labour in 2015, is getting up to speed on the issues facing the seaside town and the rest of her constituency, which includes Skerton where the High School faces possible closure by the County Council.

“I am delighted to have been selected as the Labour candidate for Morecambe and Lunesdale in 2015, says the 41-year-old mother of four children, who is Co-Director of  Manchester-based Social Action and Research Foundation, which co-produces policy with communities to combat poverty.

Labour's candidate – who is also currently one of three Labour Councillors for the Hulme Ward on Manchester City Council – says she's ready to confront sitting MP David Morris on his record.

“Morecambe and Lunesdale has been badly let down by this Tory MP and his Tory Government.

"This Tory MP is willing to stand up for Greek olive oil interests, but not for our local NHS services," she notes. "He’s out-of-touch.

“We need an MP who will put the people of Morecambe and Lunesdale first, who’ll fight to keep our NHS services and look to bring jobs and growth to our area.

Amina has spent 20 years working with under-served communities throughout England and is passionate about empowering people to realise their full potential.

"I will work with Labour Councillors and local businesses to develop a regeneration programme to revitalise Morecambe as an attractive seaside resort," she says. "I will work with other MPs and councils to build a strategic alliance of North West coastal towns to fight for inward investment to create jobs and apprenticeships and boost economic growth.

"I want to hear members of Labour's Shadow Cabinet talking about saving our local hospital in Parliament, not focusing on London," she says. "I will bring senior Labour figures to Morecambe and Lunesdale, I will use my media skills to give our constituency the national attention it deserves and I will champion our seat at every opportunity."

As part her commitment to give back, Amina volunteers with marginalised groups, women's groups, young people's organisations and within working-class communities.

A life-long lover of the arts, she aspires to be a patron of the arts one day.

“I look forward to meeting more people of Morecambe and Lunesdale on the doorstep and listening to their views," she says. "I’ll always do what is best for Morecambe and Lunesdale.

"Tory cuts have hit Morecambe and Lunesdale hard, taking hundreds of pounds out of people’s pockets. I will fight for our most vulnerable residents especially the elderly.

"I will challenge David Morris at every opportunity, on the doorstep and in the local press."
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