Norma RedfearnLabour has tonight announced that Norma Redfearn has been selected to stand as the Labour candidate for Mayor of North Tyneside. 

Councillor Norma Redfearn was selected after winning a ballot of Labour Party members living in the North Tyneside Borough. 

A former head teacher, Norma currently represents the Riverside ward on North Tyneside Council. She previously was Cabinet Member for Children and Young People on the authority between 2005 and 2009. 

After the announcement, Norma Redfearn said:

“I’m honoured to have been selected to be the Labour candidate for Mayor of North Tyneside. I’d like to thank party members for taking part in the ballot and for their support. 

“North Tyneside needs a Labour Mayor. The Tory-led government’s cuts are going too far, too fast and are really hitting people here in North Tyneside hard. We’ve been left with rising unemployment and no plan for jobs and growth. 

“The current Tory Mayor isn’t standing up for local people; she’s firmly on the side of her Tory friends in government. As Labour Mayor, I’ll speak up for the borough of North Tyneside and do my best to protect our community from the very worst effects of this Government’s policies. I’m looking forward to the campaign over the next 15 months where I will set out my alternative vision for this area and expose the failings of this Tory Mayor and her government in Westminster. 

“North Tyneside has some real strengths. I want to use those strengths to build a more prosperous future for all who live here.”

Alan Campbell, Labour MP for Tynemouth said:

"I would like to congratulate Norma Redfearn on securing the Labour nomination for Mayor. It will be a tough fight. It is important that Labour's candidate gives strong leadership in an uncertain time for local authorities and brings the borough together around policies which are fair and forward looking"

Mary Glindon, Labour MP for North Tyneside said:

“I am pleased we now have a worthy Labour Mayoral candidate in Norma Redfearn, who must be very proud to have won from such a strong field of very able candidates. 

“I know that Norma will be an excellent local leader as she campaigns across North Tyneside to prove that Labour has the right policies to create a better future for our borough, and against damaging cuts being made to local Government by the Tory-led Coalition. I look forward to helping the campaign to have Norma elected as North Tyneside’s Labour Mayor in 2013.”