Ex-St Helens Councillor's daughter joins race to be Labour candidate

Eleanor Blackburn is aiming to be Labour's candidate fro St Helens South and Whiston

Eleanor Blackburn is aiming to be Labour's candidate fro St Helens South and Whiston

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THE daughter of a former St Helens councillor is the latest to add her name to the growing list of women keen on replacing outgoing Labour MP Shaun Woodward.

Eleanor Blackburn, 34, who is originally from Garswood, is a council officer in Warrington where she is partnership project manager.

She follows St Helens-born Catherine McDonald, a Labour councillor in Southwark in London, in announcing her intention to put her name forward to seek the party’s nomination for the St Helens South and Whiston ward.

Labour’s national executive has agreed that the contest will be from an all-woman shortlist.

She was introduced to politics at an early age, with her mother being Janet Richardson, who was elected in Haydock 2003.

Mrs Blackburn told the Star: “I used to be in Church Square as a child handing out balloons and leaflets. I then became involved in politics when I was a student and am a Unison activist.

“I am very much engaged with the local branch of the party and like to get out there and get involved.

“In terms of what I have to offer for me politics is changing and I think people’s expectations are changing.

“I am very keen on engaging future generations and changing that dialogue. It is important to have a two-way communication between people.

“There is a real desire for people to have a say in what MPs’ priorities are and this is very much what I’m about. It’s important to let people know what’s going on.”

A mother of two, Eleanor, who now lives in Lowton, is married to a police officer and has worked in local government for 12 years, beginning her career in Wigan.

Other contenders include former St Helens Council leader Marie Rimmer, 67, being tipped as the front-runner by some Labour insiders, and Denise Allen, a Prescot councillor.

A 10-strong selection committee – including union members and councillors – has been assembled.

It will meet from the first time next Monday (February 18) with the shortlisting process expected to take between a fortnight and three weeks.

The Star has spoken to various Labour sources, who are adamant they don’t want a ‘parachute’ candidate from the national party.

However, opinions vary on the choice of an all-woman shortlist. One Labour source suggested the majority wanted an open selection, and another said this week that it was a 50/50 split among party members.

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3:17pm Sat 15 Feb 14

MrBenggo says...

Candidates should be chosen on ability,not gender.
Candidates should be chosen on ability,not gender. MrBenggo
  • Score: 6

3:32pm Sat 15 Feb 14

Jack60 says...

Where is the labour club gone.
Where is the labour club gone. Jack60
  • Score: 2

12:14pm Sun 16 Feb 14

keepitreel says...

could we please have a written and published reply from the current leader and all those backing cllr RIMMER,as to,why SHE WAS SEEN AS NOT THE BEST PERSON TO LEAD THIS TOWN FORWARD AS COUNCIL LEADER,BUT IS NOW THE BEST PERSON TO LEAD US AT WESTMINSTER?.
could we please have a written and published reply from the current leader and all those backing cllr RIMMER,as to,why SHE WAS SEEN AS NOT THE BEST PERSON TO LEAD THIS TOWN FORWARD AS COUNCIL LEADER,BUT IS NOW THE BEST PERSON TO LEAD US AT WESTMINSTER?. keepitreel
  • Score: 5

12:20pm Sun 16 Feb 14

keepitreel says...

Just a side note,on this web page is an advert for the LABOUR party stating how much each person living in various places have been effected by the government cuts,could the STAR please give us the actual figures of government money given to this council per head as opposed to those listed or if any one else knows the figures please print them thanks.
Just a side note,on this web page is an advert for the LABOUR party stating how much each person living in various places have been effected by the government cuts,could the STAR please give us the actual figures of government money given to this council per head as opposed to those listed or if any one else knows the figures please print them thanks. keepitreel
  • Score: -1

5:21pm Thu 20 Feb 14

PM says...

Keepitreel, if you want the star to carry Tory propaganda perhaps the Tory Party should pay for it and I'm sure the star would print it. The Star doesnt phone up every other shop in town when one shop takes out an advertisement claiming to be the cheapest .However , poorer areas always get clobbered by grant cuts under the tories,always have and always will. They have to reward 'their' areas and St Helens isn't a tory area.As for your question about Cllr Rimmer, Council leaders are chosen by Councillors, Parliamentary candidates are chosen by the entire constituency membership.Two entirely separate voting constituencies.

On the substance of the story , handing out balloons in Church Square is doing nothing for the town itself .If you are going to have a reason to vote for a candidate that isn't one of them.
Keepitreel, if you want the star to carry Tory propaganda perhaps the Tory Party should pay for it and I'm sure the star would print it. The Star doesnt phone up every other shop in town when one shop takes out an advertisement claiming to be the cheapest .However , poorer areas always get clobbered by grant cuts under the tories,always have and always will. They have to reward 'their' areas and St Helens isn't a tory area.As for your question about Cllr Rimmer, Council leaders are chosen by Councillors, Parliamentary candidates are chosen by the entire constituency membership.Two entirely separate voting constituencies. On the substance of the story , handing out balloons in Church Square is doing nothing for the town itself .If you are going to have a reason to vote for a candidate that isn't one of them. PM
  • Score: -2

7:29pm Thu 20 Feb 14

keepitreel says...

PM wrote:
Keepitreel, if you want the star to carry Tory propaganda perhaps the Tory Party should pay for it and I'm sure the star would print it. The Star doesnt phone up every other shop in town when one shop takes out an advertisement claiming to be the cheapest .However , poorer areas always get clobbered by grant cuts under the tories,always have and always will. They have to reward 'their' areas and St Helens isn't a tory area.As for your question about Cllr Rimmer, Council leaders are chosen by Councillors, Parliamentary candidates are chosen by the entire constituency membership.Two entirely separate voting constituencies.

On the substance of the story , handing out balloons in Church Square is doing nothing for the town itself .If you are going to have a reason to vote for a candidate that isn't one of them.
PM if they are printing propaganda paid for or not should the whole truth be written, again i ask the question how much per head does this council get from the government against those listed in the advert or does the truth not give those who slag the government for their inept running of the council things to blame,as for cllr RIMMER,i dont care who has the vote to put the candidate forward,my statement is still valid,how can a person who was shown the door by the very people they worked with for decades be called a ludite by other labour leaders be told they were not what this town needed and fresh ideas and a more youthful attitude was needed be then hailed as the force needed in WESTMINSTER.
[quote][p][bold]PM[/bold] wrote: Keepitreel, if you want the star to carry Tory propaganda perhaps the Tory Party should pay for it and I'm sure the star would print it. The Star doesnt phone up every other shop in town when one shop takes out an advertisement claiming to be the cheapest .However , poorer areas always get clobbered by grant cuts under the tories,always have and always will. They have to reward 'their' areas and St Helens isn't a tory area.As for your question about Cllr Rimmer, Council leaders are chosen by Councillors, Parliamentary candidates are chosen by the entire constituency membership.Two entirely separate voting constituencies. On the substance of the story , handing out balloons in Church Square is doing nothing for the town itself .If you are going to have a reason to vote for a candidate that isn't one of them.[/p][/quote]PM if they are printing propaganda paid for or not should the whole truth be written, again i ask the question how much per head does this council get from the government against those listed in the advert or does the truth not give those who slag the government for their inept running of the council things to blame,as for cllr RIMMER,i dont care who has the vote to put the candidate forward,my statement is still valid,how can a person who was shown the door by the very people they worked with for decades be called a ludite by other labour leaders be told they were not what this town needed and fresh ideas and a more youthful attitude was needed be then hailed as the force needed in WESTMINSTER. keepitreel
  • Score: 0

1:19pm Fri 21 Feb 14

anthonywilson says...

There's far too many Councillors related to each other through familial ties at it is. St Helens must be the capital of Nepotism when it comes to politics in the UK.
There's far too many Councillors related to each other through familial ties at it is. St Helens must be the capital of Nepotism when it comes to politics in the UK. anthonywilson
  • Score: 1

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