Labour select Bridget Phillipson for Houghton and Sunderland South

Bridget PhillipsonLabour members have today (Saturday 18 April 2009) selected Bridget Phillipson as the party’s candidate for the next General Election in Houghton and Sunderland South.

This follows the decision of Fraser Kemp MP to retire from Parliament at the next election.

The decision was made at a party meeting held at Herrington Burn YMCA, Houghton-le-Spring.

Bridget Phillipson, aged 25, from Washington, Tyne and Wear, currently works as a manager for a women’s refuge in the area. A former Chair of Oxford Univeristy Labour Club, Bridget has also represented the region on the Labour Party’s National Policy Forum.

Bridget Phillipson said;

“I am delighted to have been selected as Labour’s candidate for Houghton and Sunderland South. Following Fraser Kemp will be a hard act to follow but I’m looking forward to the campaign.”

“Growing up in Thatcher’s Britain and witnessing its injustices first hard I was determined to make a difference. Labour has made real changes to improve people’s lives here in the last 12 years but I know there is a lot more to be done. I want to play a part in making this community a better place for everyone that lives here and in exposing the real damage a Conservative government led by David Cameron would do to our communities in Houghton and Sunderland South.”

Joan Carthy, Chair of the Houghton and Sunderland South Labour Party said;

“I’m pleased that members have selected Bridget. I am confident that she will make an excellent Member of Parliament for the area. We have had a very good contest with some extremely high quality candidates and I would like to thank them all for taking part. I know Labour Party members here in the constituency are eager now to get out there and campaign to make Bridget Phillipson our next Member of Parliament.”

Fraser Kemp MP, Member of Parliament said;

“I’d like to congratulate Bridget on being selected. I’m sure that she will make an excellent candidate and, when elected, she will be a very hard-working Member of Parliament.”