District’s new Labour parliamentary candidates announced

Cat Smith, Labour parliamentary candidate for Lancaster.
Cat Smith, Labour parliamentary candidate for Lancaster.

A Lancaster woman has been chosen to stand for the Labour party at the 2015 General Election in Lancaster and Fleetwood.

Local campaigner Cat Smith lives in the Bulk area of Lancaster, having first moved to the city a decade ago.

Born in Barrow-in-Furness, the former Lancaster University student has been involved in fighting for the area for many years, including standing for Labour in Wyre and Preston North at the last General Election.

Cat combines her job, supporting social work professionals, with being an active community campaigner.

She recently addressed the rally to protect services at the Royal Lancaster Infirmary.

Cat said: “I would like to thank my fellow local Labour Party members for selecting me to fight for the people of Lancaster and Fleetwood.

“I now look forward to listening to people across Lancaster and Fleetwood. We need an MP who will stand up for ordinary people in our area, not someone who just keeps on supporting the failed policies of David Cameron and George Osborne.

“We need an MP who will put Lancaster and Fleetwood first.”

Amina Lone was selected by the members of the Labour Party in Morecambe and Lunesdale.

Current Manchester city councillor said: “I am delighted to have been selected as the Labour candidate for Morecambe and Lunesdale in 2015.

“I look forward to meeting more people of Morecambe and Lunesdale on the doorstep and listening to their views. I’ll always do what is best for Morecambe and Lunesdale.”

Meanwhile, Eric Ollerenshaw was unanimously re-selected as the Conservative candidate by the Executive Council of the Lancaster and Fleetwood Conservative Association.

Constituency chairman Sadie Smith said: “We are delighted to have re-selected Eric Ollerenshaw to once again stand for us.

“Eric has proved himself to be an extremely hard-working Member of Parliament who I know cares passionately about our area.

“Eric has worked tirelessly for local people both here and in Westminster and we are extremely proud to have him as our Member of Parliament.”

Mr Ollerenshaw said: “I am extremely honoured to once again be chosen to stand as the Conservative candidate for Lancaster and Fleetwood.

“This great area of ours is a fabulous area to represent and a very interesting one too!

“I am very pleased that once again the local association has put their trust in me and I pledge to keep working as hard as I can for local people and ensure that this great part of the UK is not forgotten in Westminster.”