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Son of Blackburn MP Jack Straw to battle for Rossendale and Darwen seat
THE son of Blackburn MP and one-time Commons heavyweight Jack Straw will battle for the Rossendale and Darwen seat at the next General Election.
Will Straw, 32, an associate director for the Institute for Public Policy Research, will take on Conservative Jake Berry in 2015 after being selected by the local Labour group.
Mr Straw, a lifelong fan of Blackburn Rovers, said he was delighted to have been selected and was ready to start his campaign immediately.
He said: “I have been campaigning with my dad pretty much since I was able to walk. I can remember the 1987 and 1992 elections, and I became more involved in 1997.
“We have got 20 months now until the General Election and in that time I want to meet as many people as possible in the community.”
Mr Straw said he would be blessed with support from leading Labour MPs in the area, particularly with his father in neighbouring Blackburn.
He said: “It will be great to have my dad there who is obviously a great source of wisdom having been an MP since 1979.
“And there are similarly great Labour MPs across the north west and in East Lancashire who will offer advice and support.”
On his opponent Jake Berry, Mr Straw said the MP was letting his constituents down.
He said: “We are facing a cost of living crisis. Food and utility bills are on the up, and in the north west people’s wages are buying less and less.
“There are more than 500 young people out of work here. That’s 500 young people unable to earn a living and make a start in life.
“While this Tory MP keeps supporting the failed policies of David Cameron and George Osborne, I will fight for jobs and investment so we can get our local economy back on track.
Mr Berry was unwilling to speak about Mr Straw’s selection. He said: “It is not my job to comment on who the Labour Party have chosen to parachute in from London.
“I am concentrating on the issues that matter. In Rossendale and Darwen, unemployment is down by nearly 20 per cent. We are on the right track, but there is still a lot to be done.”
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