Wife of police commissioner selected as candidate for his vacant council seat

Rawmarsh & Parkgate Labour Party Lisa Wright.

Rawmarsh & Parkgate Labour Party Lisa Wright.

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The wife of South Yorkshire Police Commissioner Shaun Wright is to stand for the Rawmarsh seat on Rotherham Council, in the by-election sparked by her husband’s retirement.

Mrs Lisa Wright has been selected by members of the Labour Party.

Lisa, 37, a nursing sister at Rotherham Hospital, hopes to follow in the footsteps of three previous generations of her family. Her great grand father Bill Skelton was elected to Rotherham Council in the 1940’s and was Mayor in 1969; her grandmother Joan Johnston was elected in the 1960’s and was Rotherham’s Mayor in 1981 and her mother Lindsay Johnston was elected in the 1990’s and currently represents Wingfield Ward.

Mrs Wright said: “As a Rawmarsh resident I couldn’t be more proud. I’ve been a member of the Labour Party all my adult life and supported my family in their roles as councillors, even delivering Labour leaflets as a little girl.

“I thought it was time I stood for Council and I relish the opportunity to fight this election and, if successful, continue the excellent work of other family members in ensuring local residents get decent services.”

Mr Bob Bird, Chairman of Rawmarsh and Parkgate Labour Party said: “We are delighted to have secured such a great local candidate in Lisa. She is a hard working mother of two, who has the commitment, understanding and skills necessary to provide excellent representation to our local community.”