Labour choose Chi Onwurah for Newcastle Central

Chinyelu OwurahLocal Labour Party members in Newcastle Central constituency have today chosen Chi Onwurah to be their candidate at the next general election.

Members met at a hustings meeting held at Westgate Community College to choose a successor to long-serving Labour MP Jim Cousins who announced his intention to retire after 22 years in Parliament.

Chinyelu Susan Onwurah, aged 44, Born in Newcastle upon Tyne, she attended Kenton Comprehensive School where she was elected as the school’s “MP”.

She is currently a Senior Engineer working in the public sector.

Chi Onwurah said;“I am honoured to have been selected as Labour’s candidate for Newcastle Central. Jim Cousins was an MP of huge standing, great integrity and a great example to follow.  This is my home city. I was born here, welcomed back as a child and educated in the City. I owe everything to the people of Newcastle and now this is an opportunity to show my appreciation to them for the chances in life they have given me.”

Chi continued;

“Politics should be about partnership – not managing people but listening to what people what. I know what I want my home city to be; A city with an industrial base with excellent public services. I’ll be campaigning hard to make sure that people in this great City are given the opportunities that they deserve.”

Joyce McCarty, Chair of Newcastle Central CLP said;

“Jim Cousins has been a really hard working MP who has always conducted himself with great integrity. We all know he will be a hard act to follow. This has been a really important decision for the constituency. I am delighted that we have selected Chi . It has been an incredibly high quality contest with very capable women candidates to choose from. I know local party members are extremely keen to campaign alongside Chi in the months ahead.”

Jim Cousins MP, Member of Parliament for Newcastle Central said;

“She will be an outstanding voice for the ordinary people of Newcastle. She was educated in this City and has a wide experience of the world to bring to the service of the people of this City. She will be a strong voice for progressive views and for ordinary people. She will be able to stand up for herself and for ordinary people.”