We’re backing Cat
As a workplace rep for Unite, I’m proud to be supported by the following unions:
Many local members and others I’ve worked with have shared why they support my candidacy:
“Lancaster & Fleetwood is a key constituency for Labour. We must ensure that we have the best possible candidate to ensure both success in the election and to represent our views in the years to come. There is one person who stands out as having the experience, enthusiasm, local credentials and political conviction to be our candidate, and that is Cat Smith.
I have known Cat for several years, since I was selected as Labour’s candidate for this constituency in 2007, when she was part of the campaign team. Cat has an excellent track record of campaigning, both politically and on issues of social justice. She has the experience of being a former parliamentary candidate and also from being a parliamentary assistant to Labour MPs.
Cat will be an excellent candidate for Labour and an excellent MP for Lancaster & Fleetwood. Please give her your support in this selection.”
Clive Grunshaw, Chair of Lancaster and Fleetwood CLP
Lancashire Police and Crime Commissioner
Parliamentary candidate for Lancaster and Fleetwood 2010
“We need a candidate in 2015 who is genuinely local with the campaigning experience to take on the Tories, I know Cat is that person. She lives in the constituency, campaigns week-in and week-out alongside our Labour councillors and candidates. I know with her campaigning ethos she can win at the general election”
Councillor Vikki Price, Lancaster and Fleetwood CLP
“I have campaigned and spoken alongside Cat in defending the NHS from cuts and privatsiation and I know she would be a strong advocate for the people of Lancaster and Fleetwood, the NHS and our core Labour values”
Dr David Wrigley, local GP and NHS Campaigner, BMA GP’s Committee and Chair of Morecambe and Lunesdale CLP
“I believe Cat ticks all the right boxes that will make her a formidable Labour candidate who will be successful in 2015. As a northerner who knows the area, she is a tremendously hard worker and committed to the Labour cause. She’s intelligent and a great communicator.
From leafleting to canvassing, broadcasting, being on the platform or participating in meetings Cat does it all. I want an MP who can ‘hit the ground running’ and doesn’t need to waste time finding her way around. Cat will do this for us to immediately be an effective MP.
Finally, and most important, she’s ‘proper Labour’. You only have to talk to her for a short time to see that she is routed in sound Labour principles of fairness, equality and supporting the vulnerable. There’s lots more to her than that but I suggest you talk to her yourself to find out why she would be a great MP”
Colin Hartley, Lancaster Central County Council Candidate 2013 & Lancaster and Fleetwood CLP member
“Winning Lancaster and Fleetwood in 2015 will have to include the mobilisation of students and young people, especially at the University. Cat’s background and her record of engagement with young members will be a huge asset on the campaign trail and I’m pleased to support her in this selection”
Sam Hale, Chair of Lancaster University Labour Club
“It’s been a pleasure to know Cat for more than 10 years. During that time she’s consistently proved herself to be a committed and hardworking Labour Party campaigner. More importantly she’s intelligent, driven and goes the extra mile to make a real difference wherever she’s involved. She’s also someone with real conviction and not frightened to challenge conventions. She’ll do everything necessary to improve Lancaster and help the people of our great city, which is why I’m proud to endorse her.”
Michael Gibson, Former Chair, Lancaster Labour Party and Managing Director, Fat Media
“Working with Cat on social justice campaigns has been inspiring and challenging. Cat is ready to get her hands dirty on the ground taking practical action, but she also asks the questions as to why the action is needed and follows this up with political action. Her background in the North West makes her an excellent advocate for us – she has an awareness of the complex diversity of our communities, the deprivation, the rural environment, the industry and also the more affluent parts of our towns and cities. Cat is someone I have confidence in supporting – she will make an excellent candidate”.
Rev Steve Charman, Minister at Lancaster Methodist Church and University Chaplain
“Cat Smith grew up in Barrow, was educated in Lancaster, learnt her politics in Wyre and has steeped herself in Lancaster & Fleetwood through knocking on a thousand doors over the last 3 years. Conscientious, intelligent and independent Cat is exactly the sort of hard working, committed representative that I know the constituency needs”
Hilton Dawson, MP for Lancaster and Wyre 1997-2005
“I was part of Cat’s campaign team in Wyre and Preston North at the 2010 general election and saw first hand her commitment and energy for campaigning. She would be able to lead a campaign to return Lancaster and Fleetwood to Labour”
Stella Charnley, Wyre and Preston North CLP
“I have no hesitation in recommending Cat as prospective parliamentary candidate for the Lancaster and Fleetwood constituency. I was so impressed during the 2010 campaign by her determination and commitment to the Labour cause. If she succeeds in becoming the prospective candidate I will be there in the team working for her.”
Irene Barton, Wyre and Preston North CLP
“Cat has been a huge support to me my work in the House of Lords over the past three years; not only is her knowledge of social care and disability issues superb but she also has a very broad knowledge of many other policy areas. I am delighted that she has thrown her hat into the ring for the Lancaster and Fleetwood selection for parliamentary candidate. She would be of great value as an MP: her combination of hard work, great commitment and strong advocacy skills would make her well loved by her constituency”
Baroness Rosalie Wilkins, Labour Peer