Paula's NEC bid gains support

Paula's NEC bid gains support
By Tony Earnshaw 
Local Democracy Reporter

FORMER Labour MP for Dewsbury Paula Sherriff is making a bid for a political comeback.

Ms Sherriff, who lost her seat in December’s General Election to the Conservatives’ Mark Eastwood, is standing for the party’s National Executive Committee.

The 44-year-old, who was elected in 2015, says on a flyer headlined “a fearless voice on Labour’s NEC” that she wants to use her “breadth of experience” to aid a future Labour victory.

Ms Sherriff, who worked with the police and in the health service before becoming an MP, joined Labour’s front bench in 2018 as Shadow Social Care and Mental Health Minister.

She successfully campaigned against bed reductions at Dewsbury District Hospital and fought the proposed downgrading of Huddersfield Royal Infirmary.

She took on high street retailer WH Smith over its hospital shop pricing and secured a budget amendment that resulted in the abolition of the tampon tax. She is a candidate for the centre left Tribune Parliamentary group.

On their website Labour Tribune MPs say they have a long and proud heritage as the voice of the centre left of the Parliamentary Labour Party (PLP).

They add that they “want to build on that heritage by initiating policy discussions and engaging with the wider Labour movement right across the UK.

“We will work with individuals and organisations that share our values and common goals, to develop ideas that will help inform and shape future debates around a wide range of policies.”

Ms Sherriff’s flyer reads: “Of course I was devastated to lose my seat in 2019, but I want to use my breadth of experience to help Labour win again.

“The Labour Party has given so much to me and I will always want to be an active part of its future.”

Labour describes the NEC as its governing body, overseeing the overall direction of the party and the policy-making process.

It sets strategic objectives on an annual basis and meets regularly to review the work of the party.

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