Wednesday 26 August 2020 / 9:10 AM Angela Rayner

Labour calls on key worker heroes to stand as local councillors – “we need you”

Labour today launches a call for key workers to stand as Councillors, ahead of next May’s bumper set of elections and in the lead up to the next General Election.

Labour’s Deputy Leader and Party Chair Angela Rayner, who worked in social care as a home carer in Stockport and represented public service workers as a trade union rep before becoming an MP, is calling on key workers to get involved in politics to help rebuild their communities after the coronavirus crisis.

Rayner, who is also spearheading the Party’s efforts to improve the diversity of its elected representatives by encouraging more female, Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic, disabled and LGBTQ+ members to stand as candidates, will be leading a series of events and launching a programme of support in partnership with trade unions and the Local Government Association Labour Group to identify and support key workers who want to run for office in May 2021, subsequent local elections and the next General Election.

Angela Rayner MP, Labour’s Deputy Leader and Party Chair, calling on key workers to consider standing as local councillors in their communities, said:

“Our key worker heroes have been on the frontline working round the clock to get us through this crisis. They have risen to the challenge during this pandemic, putting their lives on the line to keep our country going and make sure we are all cared for, fed and connected.

“Now we need them to help lead the recovery from this crisis and rebuild our communities and our country in the months and years ahead.

“Our key workers must be at the heart of decision-making across the country, which is why Labour will be supporting key workers who want to get involved in politics and stand for election in the years ahead.”