Political big hitters back Marie Rimmer

St Helens Star: Marie Rimmer has secured the backing from several leading politicians Marie Rimmer has secured the backing from several leading politicians

MARIE Rimmer’s desire to become St Helens’ first woman MP has secured backing from Labour politicians locally and nationally.

The veteran councillor, 66, last week confirmed her desire to run as Labour’s candidate for the St Helens South and Whiston seat that will be vacated by Shaun Woodward next year.

Labour has declared there will be an all woman shortlist as part of a strategy to increase diversity in Parliament.

With the ex-council leader believed to have significant support among the grassroots it has raised the prospect of a remarkable political resurgence for one of the town’s dominant figures of the past three decades.

After she was ousted from the seat of power in the town hall last spring following a leadership challenge by Barrie Grunewald, some Labour insiders had tipped Rimmer to step down from politics.

But she is said to have been energised by the thought of becoming an MP and believes she would have the drive and energy even though a first potential term in office would see her pass her 70th birthday.

Rimmer’s place on the political map for the past 30 years means she bears plenty of scars, has a few enemies and – judging by some of the letters sent to the Star this week – is not everyone’s choice for the job.

However, she has solid support from political colleagues, including Woodward, who many felt denied her the chance to run for office when he was parachuted into the constituency ahead of the 2001 general election.

 


 

Rimmer's team released a number of statements from high profile figures offering their support.

Shadow cabinet member Maria Eagle said: "Marie Rimmer has long been a doughty fighter for Merseyside, who alongside colleagues fought to bring European monies into our Region. Marie is a great campaigner."

Current MP and former Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, speaking of his support said Rt. Hon. Shaun Woodward added: “Marie Rimmer is the great champion for St Helens. No-one knows the town better. Marie's experience of St Helens is without rival. No-one knows the town better. No-one will work and fight harder for everyone who lives and works in St Helens. I've seen that dedication relentlessly in her time as Council Leader - and as a highly distinguished councillor for the borough.

"Working with Marie has been a privilege and I believe no one is better qualified. Marie's experience means that from day one, she is ready to serve the town as best as the town could hope for. With Marie's commitment, dedication and experience, I know Marie will serve St Helens with distinction and achieve what is now needed. I urge all Labour Members to support Marie's candidacy. Marie is truly ready to serve. "

Former Minister of State and current Chair of the powerful Public Accounts Committee Rt. Hon. Margaret Hodge MP said: “Marie is just the sort of woman we need in Parliament and just the sort of person you need to represent you. She's a natural fighter, full of integrity offering great experience and completely rooted in St Helens.

Merseyside’s Police Commissioner and former Member of Parliament for Liverpool Wavertree Jane Kennedy said: “Marie Rimmer is one of the most important & influential women on Merseyside & a source of inspiration to me. I cannot think of a more excellent choice to be Labour's candidate for Parliament in St Helens South."

Former Whiston MP Eddie O’Hara said: "Marie Rimmer has strong powers of clear and strategic vision and leadership combined with energy and stamina in implementing her policies. She leads from the front and is motivated by a strong commitment to the service of her local community.

"Her personal qualities include honesty, integrity, generosity, responsibility and compassion for those in need. She has well demonstrated her high qualities of leadership at council level. She is more than well equipped to exercise these qualities at a parliamentary level, she is quite simply the best person for the job.”

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10:01am Thu 6 Feb 14

smith&weston says...

'After she was ousted from the seat of power in the town hall last spring '...
Says it all really. You don't get ousted because you are doing such a fantastic job. She has , indeed, served this town for many years as the person at the top most rung of local politics. However, take a look at the mess the place is in in terms of proper jobs, grassroots industry and or a vibrant town centre served by well maintained, efficient services.
'After she was ousted from the seat of power in the town hall last spring '... Says it all really. You don't get ousted because you are doing such a fantastic job. She has , indeed, served this town for many years as the person at the top most rung of local politics. However, take a look at the mess the place is in in terms of proper jobs, grassroots industry and or a vibrant town centre served by well maintained, efficient services. smith&weston

10:41am Thu 6 Feb 14

jumperr says...

Sometimes records speak for themselves.
Sometimes records speak for themselves. jumperr

11:47am Thu 6 Feb 14

Leeroy says...

Politicians looking after there own then ? Is there any support from us mortals for her?
Politicians looking after there own then ? Is there any support from us mortals for her? Leeroy

12:18pm Thu 6 Feb 14

barrie timpson says...

The people don't want Marie Remmer. But then again that's Labour all over - do as we say , not as we do.
The people don't want Marie Remmer. But then again that's Labour all over - do as we say , not as we do. barrie timpson

12:31pm Thu 6 Feb 14

Sankey says...

The fact that a national politician has spoken in favour of rimmer is just political backstratching don't be fooled by it.

She is useless as her record demonstrates just an old 1970,s class warrior where everything is the fault of someone else or dark forces oppressing people. And the real world does not exist.

Grow up

We would be lunatics to have this woman as an MP and the final insult to St. Helens
The fact that a national politician has spoken in favour of rimmer is just political backstratching don't be fooled by it. She is useless as her record demonstrates just an old 1970,s class warrior where everything is the fault of someone else or dark forces oppressing people. And the real world does not exist. Grow up We would be lunatics to have this woman as an MP and the final insult to St. Helens Sankey

2:43pm Thu 6 Feb 14

And Justice For All says...

Marie Rimmer is the WORST possible cnadidate for this role. She's got no new idea's, looks after her own (ie family) and sod the rest of us and to be honest, is too old to step up. Let's get some fresh blood in who's hungry to make a positive impact. It doesnt matter if they're not from St Helens. As long as tehy want to do well for the town that's got to be better surely!?
Marie Rimmer is the WORST possible cnadidate for this role. She's got no new idea's, looks after her own (ie family) and sod the rest of us and to be honest, is too old to step up. Let's get some fresh blood in who's hungry to make a positive impact. It doesnt matter if they're not from St Helens. As long as tehy want to do well for the town that's got to be better surely!? And Justice For All

2:46pm Thu 6 Feb 14

And Justice For All says...

Just re-read this article. Honesty, Integrity, compassion for those in need and Stamina!? They clearly don't know who she is!
Just re-read this article. Honesty, Integrity, compassion for those in need and Stamina!? They clearly don't know who she is! And Justice For All

3:55pm Thu 6 Feb 14

sherlock1 says...

I have voted Labour all my life but there is no way I could vote for Marrie Rimmer
I have voted Labour all my life but there is no way I could vote for Marrie Rimmer sherlock1

4:19pm Thu 6 Feb 14

sthelenspero says...

I think we need someone a little bit younger with plenty of political bite to help us in St Helens.This is very serious as Marie says she will be in her 70s by the time 2020 elections are due.Personally they should put it to us to vote for who we want,as our Labour candidate.
I think we need someone a little bit younger with plenty of political bite to help us in St Helens.This is very serious as Marie says she will be in her 70s by the time 2020 elections are due.Personally they should put it to us to vote for who we want,as our Labour candidate. sthelenspero

4:26pm Thu 6 Feb 14

barrie timpson says...

If she reads this paper and the comments (which she should if she's "so in touch") then she will see that she is not wanted.
If she reads this paper and the comments (which she should if she's "so in touch") then she will see that she is not wanted. barrie timpson

5:36pm Thu 6 Feb 14

jumperr says...

It's not politics we need it Is a grasp of what is happening, this part of the country has been a disaster area for a very long time nothing ever done for us
It's not politics we need it Is a grasp of what is happening, this part of the country has been a disaster area for a very long time nothing ever done for us jumperr

12:26am Fri 7 Feb 14

smith&weston says...

Wait til you see who one of the other candidates Labour would like to parachute in Is. Gobsmacked will not be a big enough word to describe it. The list wil be a clear indication that Labour stil believes that the town is ready to stand outside the factory gates on the picket lane at the drop of a hat to keep the red flag flying high. We are doomed to be trapped in the militant 80's for ever.
Wait til you see who one of the other candidates Labour would like to parachute in Is. Gobsmacked will not be a big enough word to describe it. The list wil be a clear indication that Labour stil believes that the town is ready to stand outside the factory gates on the picket lane at the drop of a hat to keep the red flag flying high. We are doomed to be trapped in the militant 80's for ever. smith&weston

3:31pm Fri 7 Feb 14

jumperr says...

The leader writes that the ex leader knows the town inside out ,if that is right and is the same with other councillors is that why we never see them on the (doorstep) where do they get the information from.
The leader writes that the ex leader knows the town inside out ,if that is right and is the same with other councillors is that why we never see them on the (doorstep) where do they get the information from. jumperr

4:09pm Fri 7 Feb 14

sherlock1 says...

I f Marrie Rimmer was that good why was she booted out as leader of the council?
I f Marrie Rimmer was that good why was she booted out as leader of the council? sherlock1

7:06pm Fri 7 Feb 14

keepitreel says...

so the great local front runner is someone who was at the helm for decades as this town crumbled,got called a Luddite by other labour leaders,was ousted by her so called friends who stated she was past her best and this town needed a new fresh person with bright ideas NOT some diktat from the distant past,add to this her age and never reaching the heights some of the others have reached in a shorter time,i dont vote labour and never have but if we are to have a labour mp i think one who is from the area but has been in the heart of the capital would be a better candidate
so the great local front runner is someone who was at the helm for decades as this town crumbled,got called a Luddite by other labour leaders,was ousted by her so called friends who stated she was past her best and this town needed a new fresh person with bright ideas NOT some diktat from the distant past,add to this her age and never reaching the heights some of the others have reached in a shorter time,i dont vote labour and never have but if we are to have a labour mp i think one who is from the area but has been in the heart of the capital would be a better candidate keepitreel

1:19am Sat 8 Feb 14

rosered1 says...

If she is to stand for MP, I suggest that we enter into the election a tin of beans with a large red rosette on it and split the vote. Lets be honest here, the tin of beans would do a far better job than she would!
If she is to stand for MP, I suggest that we enter into the election a tin of beans with a large red rosette on it and split the vote. Lets be honest here, the tin of beans would do a far better job than she would! rosered1

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