York Labour Party launched their new parliamentary candidate for the York Outer constituency at a packed event in Haxby this Saturday. The candidate, chosen at a selection meeting late last year, is Anna Perrett.
The event introduced Anna to party members and constituents, and she was introduced at the event by Ian Lavery MP, Chair of the Labour Party. Mr Lavery gave a fiery speech, praising Anna’s selection and expressing the importance of York Outer in winning a Labour government at the next general election. Anna also spoke on how her voluntary work with the most vulnerable in York had led to her seeking selection, and her drive to create a fairer society.
With chaos reigning in parliament after the catastrophic failure of Theresa May’s Brexit plan and the narrowly avoided vote of no confidence, York Labour Party are on an election footing, with the possibility of a new general election looming large. With this in mind, the York Outer constituency have moved to ensure that a parliamentary candidate is in place ready to begin a campaign to win the seat at the shortest of notice.
Anna Perrett has lived in York since 2005, initially coming to study at the University of York, from which she holds a BA in English Literature and Politics and an MA in Public Administration and Public Policy. Following her studies, Anna started a business in the city in 2013. Active Outcomes offers freelance consultation and engagement assistance to a range of clients in the public, private, community and voluntary sectors.
She is heavily involved in voluntary work in the city, working with some of the most disadvantaged and hard-to-reach women in York and she helped establish York Women’s Forum. She is a school governor and volunteers with two local charities, helping signpost vulnerable people to services across the city. She has also previously served as a Parish Councillor in Clifton Without.
Anna said: “York is my home. As a charity worker it’s also my workplace, as I connect vulnerable people across our city and the surrounding villages to the services they need. All too often, I meet people who are struggling. We need an Labour MP in York Outer who is willing to listen to local people, one who will fight to make sure our voice is heard in Westminster. I’m incredibly proud to have been selected by our local members to stand as the Labour Party Parliamentary Candidate for York Outer and look forward to working with local people to shape and protect our community.”