Penny Grennan has been selected as Labour’s parliamentary candidate for the Hexham constituency to stand in the next general election.

Penny has lived in the constituency for over 25 years and worked in the education and community sector. Penny was as a teacher in some of the most deprived urban and rural communities in the region, working with ex-miners in pit villages and former steelworkers in Consett.

Penny managed Hexham Campus for many years. Following unfair changes to the pension system Penny was forced to return to work on zero hour contracts in local schools.

Penny is an active campaigner for many social issues and was instrumental in Hexham achieving Fair Trade status. In her spare time Penny performs in local band the Cherry Pickers.

Speaking after the selection, Penny said:

“I’m delighted to have been selected as the candidate for Hexham. It is a real honour and I’m humbled that local members have put their faith in me.

“We don’t know when the next general election will be but I will be working hard until then getting our message out to voters because we really need a Labour MP in Hexham.

“Working in the education and community sector I have seen the worst impacts of Tory policies on people who are affected by rising poverty, low wages and insecure housing.  I want to see a Labour Government which will make a positive difference on people’s lives.”

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