Anna Turley, our candidate in the key battleground seat of Redcar answers our questions...
Why do you want to be an MP?
I want to be the Member of Parliament for Redcar because people here deserve so much better and I want to stand up and fight for the town I live in. Redcar has been hit so badly by this coalition, with rising youth unemployment, brutal cuts to local public services, and is seeing a growing reliance on foodbanks for families to survive. Our current Lib Dem MP has voted for everything the Tories have asked of him and people here are suffering. Redcar needs a Labour MP to fight for our area and put people first. Using my background and experience in tackling child poverty and social exclusion under the last Labour government, I am determined to do that.
What do you love about Redcar?
Redcar is a fantastic place. It has a proud industrial history and steel forged in Redcar helped build the modern world from Canary Wharf to the Sydney Harbour Bridge. We have a proud industrial heritage, but a strong modern industrial future too. Redcar is a great seaside town with a lovely beach, a lively town centre, and plenty of good walks along the coast or the nearby North Yorkshire Moors.
Who is your political hero?
Of course it has to be Mo Mowlam! She was an inspiration to any woman interested in making a difference through politics, but for me it was the way she played an amazing role in one of Labour’s greatest achievements - bringing peace to Northern Ireland while at the same time was just ‘our Mo’ to the people of Redcar. She was always around and active in the constituency and loved by everyone here.