Kate Hollern officially bids to succeed Jack Straw as Blackburn MP

Lancashire Telegraph: Kate Hollern Kate Hollern

KATE Hollern has become the first Labour politician to officially bid to succeed Blackburn MP Jack Straw at next year’s general election.

The borough council leader has written to constituency secretary Phil Riley after the party’s national executive fired the starting gun for the contest earlier this month.

It also ordered an all-female shortlist for the seat, held by Mr Straw with a majority of 9,856 at the 2010 election.

The 58-year-old Blackburn with Darwen Council leader denied she was now favourite to win Labour’s nomination for the May vote, and said she would rather have had an open selection.

Already, Hyndburn Council’s deputy leader Clare Pritchard, and several Asian female Labour politicians from Manchester and London are understood to be interested in seeking to fight Blackburn for Labour in 2015.

Dumbarton-born Coun Hollern came to the town aged 22 in 1977, working first at Newman’s Footwear, and then at Blackburn College.

A mother-of-two with two grandchildren living in the town, she has been a councillor for 19 years, and leader of the borough’s Labour Group for a decade.

She said: “Jack will be an incredibly hard act to follow.

“I think we should have someone who knows the town, and is passionate about it.

“Blackburn is my home and where I brought up my children.

“I want to do everything I can to look after the town and its residents who have had a hard time under this government.

“I would rather be at Westminster fighting for the town against Conservative/Liberal Democrat cuts than having to impose them.

“If I am selected as Labour’s candidate, and it is a big ‘if’, who is leader of the council is a matter for a vote of the Labour group.

“I would rather have had an open selection than an all-women contest.”

Coun Riley said: “I hope Kate is just the first of many excellent candidates seeking to become Labour’s candidate for Blackburn.”

Burnley Council leader Julie Cooper was chosen as Labour candidate for the town.

Mr Straw’s son, Will, was chosen for Rossendale and Darwen, and Nelson county councillor Azhar Ali for Pendle.

Chorley MP Lindsay Hoyle and Hyndburn MP Graham Jones will stand again next year.

Labour has yet to start selection in Ribble Valley.

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12:55pm Mon 20 Jan 14

Darren1951 says...

Aarrghhh!! Vote UKIP!
Aarrghhh!! Vote UKIP! Darren1951

1:07pm Mon 20 Jan 14

mmickk says...

She said: “Jack will be an incredibly hard act to follow. NO just do as you are utterly useless and your in his footsteps simple even for you. And your mission is to fight cuts What and borrow more money the currant interest payments are £81,000 a minute thanks to your lot. And your only answer is to borrow more. Yet you paint a picture of a family Politician with grandchildren and yet you want to pave the way for unprecedented debt and going the way of Greece? Thnk God im not in this town much longer!!
She said: “Jack will be an incredibly hard act to follow. NO just do as you are utterly useless and your in his footsteps simple even for you. And your mission is to fight cuts What and borrow more money the currant interest payments are £81,000 a minute thanks to your lot. And your only answer is to borrow more. Yet you paint a picture of a family Politician with grandchildren and yet you want to pave the way for unprecedented debt and going the way of Greece? Thnk God im not in this town much longer!! mmickk

1:29pm Mon 20 Jan 14

oldblue says...

She is locally born and raised, not a member of the Islington intelligentsia to be parachuted in to a safe Labour seat claiming to support the local football club and the concerns of local residents etc like our late unlamented hero Mr Straw.. She lives locally and will have at least understanding of local issues. That in itself is refreshing.
She is locally born and raised, not a member of the Islington intelligentsia to be parachuted in to a safe Labour seat claiming to support the local football club and the concerns of local residents etc like our late unlamented hero Mr Straw.. She lives locally and will have at least understanding of local issues. That in itself is refreshing. oldblue

1:41pm Mon 20 Jan 14

oldblue says...

Correction: not born here but resident by choice for many years.
Correction: not born here but resident by choice for many years. oldblue

1:43pm Mon 20 Jan 14

caballo says...

Utterly useless! Sorry kate you can't even keep Mulla in check, they'd eat you alive in Parliament.
Utterly useless! Sorry kate you can't even keep Mulla in check, they'd eat you alive in Parliament. caballo

3:46pm Mon 20 Jan 14

shirtbox2003 says...

I am glad the Asian sector have jumped on the band wagon by letting 2 females stand even if they are not from Blackburn. beware the enemy within mrs hollern.
I am glad the Asian sector have jumped on the band wagon by letting 2 females stand even if they are not from Blackburn. beware the enemy within mrs hollern. shirtbox2003

5:43pm Mon 20 Jan 14

council intern says...

An all female shortlist. Solly khonat anyone?
An all female shortlist. Solly khonat anyone? council intern

6:18pm Mon 20 Jan 14

Noiticer says...

At least she didn't do PPE at Oxbridge and knows a bit about life.
At least she didn't do PPE at Oxbridge and knows a bit about life. Noiticer

6:27pm Mon 20 Jan 14

Darren1951 says...

Darren1951 wrote:
Aarrghhh!! Vote UKIP!
Sorry - vote UKIP, PLEEASE!!!!
[quote][p][bold]Darren1951[/bold] wrote: Aarrghhh!! Vote UKIP![/p][/quote]Sorry - vote UKIP, PLEEASE!!!! Darren1951

7:19pm Mon 20 Jan 14

ToffeeGuy says...

In a post-independence UK, will a Scot be able to sit in the UK parliament?

Will Ms Hollern take on English nationality to be able to stand in the next election?
In a post-independence UK, will a Scot be able to sit in the UK parliament? Will Ms Hollern take on English nationality to be able to stand in the next election? ToffeeGuy

8:24pm Mon 20 Jan 14

happycyclist says...

Hahahahahaha! HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA
!

Labour... broken beyond all repair.
Hahahahahaha! HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA ! Labour... broken beyond all repair. happycyclist

9:10pm Tue 21 Jan 14

raggedtrouseredphilanthropist says...

Hollern says,
“I would rather have had an open selection than an all-women contest.”
In so saying she clearly shows that she has the main requisite held by all the other parliamentary parasites, which is to lack 'principles'.
By going along with something that she would rather not have had exposes her as an out and out opportunist.

Break with Labour!
Hollern says, “I would rather have had an open selection than an all-women contest.” In so saying she clearly shows that she has the main requisite held by all the other parliamentary parasites, which is to lack 'principles'. By going along with something that she would rather not have had exposes her as an out and out opportunist. Break with Labour! raggedtrouseredphilanthropist

12:39pm Wed 22 Jan 14

BlackburnEyes says...

As expected first to line up to get her trotters and snout in the Parliament trough!
As expected first to line up to get her trotters and snout in the Parliament trough! BlackburnEyes

12:40pm Wed 22 Jan 14

BlackburnEyes says...

oldblue wrote:
She is locally born and raised, not a member of the Islington intelligentsia to be parachuted in to a safe Labour seat claiming to support the local football club and the concerns of local residents etc like our late unlamented hero Mr Straw.. She lives locally and will have at least understanding of local issues. That in itself is refreshing.
she is best suited to destroy blackburn it'll be a busman's holiday for her given her council record
[quote][p][bold]oldblue[/bold] wrote: She is locally born and raised, not a member of the Islington intelligentsia to be parachuted in to a safe Labour seat claiming to support the local football club and the concerns of local residents etc like our late unlamented hero Mr Straw.. She lives locally and will have at least understanding of local issues. That in itself is refreshing.[/p][/quote]she is best suited to destroy blackburn it'll be a busman's holiday for her given her council record BlackburnEyes

9:25pm Wed 29 Jan 14

blackburnwithdarwen says...

A Safe Seat Councillor wanting to be a Safe Seat MP!

Carrying on ‘The Blackburn Faulty Towers’ tradition of holding those positions not because of skill but rather because of the areas past industrial strife. Well, if Jack Straw can do it then why can’t kate Hollern?

Kate Hollern being the ‘Safe Seat‘ councillor for Wensley Fold where street prostitution still takes place and has not shown any improvements throughout her ten years plus ‘Safe Seat’ career in Blackburn!

Both have helped to make Blackburn what it is today and both not in the least bit ashamed about it!
A Safe Seat Councillor wanting to be a Safe Seat MP! Carrying on ‘The Blackburn Faulty Towers’ tradition of holding those positions not because of skill but rather because of the areas past industrial strife. Well, if Jack Straw can do it then why can’t kate Hollern? Kate Hollern being the ‘Safe Seat‘ councillor for Wensley Fold where street prostitution still takes place and has not shown any improvements throughout her ten years plus ‘Safe Seat’ career in Blackburn! Both have helped to make Blackburn what it is today and both not in the least bit ashamed about it! blackburnwithdarwen

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