Labour unveils its new parliamentary candidate for Welwyn Hatfield
PUBLISHED: 16:21 18 September 2018 | UPDATED: 16:21 18 September 2018
Labour's new parliamentary candidate for Welwyn Hatfield has outlined her priorities and promised to "work tirelessly" in her bid to become the area's MP.
Rosie Newbigging has been selected as Labour’s candidate for the Welwyn Hatfield constituency to stand in the next general election.
Although she currently lives in Bedfordshire and has never lived in the borough, Rosie has pledged she will move to the town if she wins as she feels it is “important” to live in the area that you represent.
Rosie, who is in her 50s, has been active in the Labour Party, community campaigning, and the Trade Union Movement for many years, and previously served as a Bedfordshire county councillor.
Most of Rosie’s career has been spent working in health campaigns, health watchdogs and for several years she was an executive director for Asthma UK for nations, regions and services.
She is also a trustee of the charity Friends of Refugees and is the co-founder of Hands Off Our NHS – Bedfordshire, Luton and Milton Keynes.
The mum-of-one to a 28-year-old daughter told the Welwyn Hatfield Times: “I’m passionate about supporting refugees because we’re all human and war can happen anywhere. We even experienced it twice.
“Everyone deserves to live a healthy and happy life. After all, we only have one life so we need to be there for one another.”
When asked what the most daring thing she has ever done is, she recalled the time she did a live conference on TV for the Labour Party when she was in her 20s.
The tennis enthusiast said: “I am delighted to have been selected as Labour’s candidate for Welwyn Hatfield.
“It is a seat which we will win so that we can deliver a Labour government and start re-building our country to deliver a fair and just society run for the many, not the few.
“This Tory government has overseen the biggest cuts to our public services in a generation.
“The NHS and social care is in crisis, our schools are struggling under the weight of the budget cuts and cuts to police budgets are putting our safety at risk.
“People here in Welwyn Hatfield need a local representative that will put them first. I will work tirelessly between now and the next general election.
“It will be a clear choice between a Labour Party that will stand up for the people of Welwyn Hatfield or a Conservative Party that only looks after the privileged few.”
Rosie’s key campaign priorities are:
• Making Welwyn Hatfield’s economy work for all, by tackling poverty, homelessness and inequality.
• Bringing good jobs to Welwyn Hatfield, with proper rights for workers and good wages.
• Tackling zero-hour contracts that make life difficult for so many across Hertfordshire from care workers to delivery drivers.
• Bringing A&E and in-patient beds back to QEII so local people don’t have to travel for basic healthcare.
• Improving mental health services in Welwyn Hatfield, especially for children and young people.
• Bringing the railways back under public ownership, to end the scandal of high fares and long delays for Welwyn Hatfield’s commuters.
• Protecting our police and fire services against cuts.