Candidate Q&A: Workington's Sue Hayman


In our final Campaign Notebook Q&A with candidates, we catch up with Sue Hayman, the Labour candidate for Workington.

Why do you want to be the MP for Workington?

I believe passionately in social justice and would be an advocate for our communities, fighting against inequalities to give everyone the chance to live in a safe, healthy, decent environment.

My vision for our constituency is to create secure, well-paid jobs and real career choices for our children; high-quality health care and education and improved transport links; an end to deprivation and poor housing; and a vibrant countryside for the people who live and work here and a warm welcome for our visitors.

What do you like about Workington constituency?

The people. West Cumbrians are friendly, hard-working and resilient; the way they worked together after the floods in 2009 was an inspiration to the whole country.

What is the number one issue on the doorstep?

The state of the local NHS. Our local NHS is in desperate need of extra resources and funding, and I will fight hard to make sure that the healthcare in our area is the first class service that we both expect and deserve.

What is the key to a successful campaign?

Meeting people and listening to what they have to say.

Who is your political hero?

Mary Wollstonecraft. She lived in the 18th century and was an extraordinary woman in her time. Her writings on women's rights and education, in particular A Vindication of the Rights of Woman, are classics of feminist thought, and show her to be the precursor of modern feminists.

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