Catherine McKinnellA mum of two young children is to be Labour’s candidate for Newcastle North at the next General Election.

Catherine McKinnell, aged 33, a solicitor from Newcastle has been selected by Labour Party members in the constituency to be their candidate to take over from Doug Henderson MP. Mr Henderson announced in July that he was stepping down from Parliament after 22 years in Westminster.

Catherine was born in Denton and grew up in the West End of Newcastle attending Comprehensive school in Fenham before graduating from Edinburgh University.

She currently works for a large Newcastle Law Firm specialising in employment law.

Catherine McKinnell said;

“It’s a huge honour to have been chosen by Labour members to contest Newcastle North. I was born and brought up in Newcastle and I’ve continued to live here. It’s home for my family. As a working mum, I know how challenging life is for families across the City at the moment. I’ve also seen first hand the real improvements Labour has made in the public services such as the NHS and schools.

“We live in a great City but I know that things can be better and if elected I will work every day to help improve the lives of ordinary families here in Newcastle.”

Linda Wright, Chair of Newcastle North Constituency Labour Party said;

“Catherine will be an exceptional candidate and we’ll be campaigning hard between now and the General Election to make her the new MP for Newcastle North. She will bring real life experience to Westminster and will fight for fairness for everyone in Newcastle. For too long, we’ve been let down by the Lib Dem Council who aren’t giving the people of North Newcastle a fair deal. As someone who actually lives in the Constituency at the moment, Catherine will be a strong voice for the area.”