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Teachers Union official strives to be East Devon’s MP

12:26 30 January 2014

Jessica Pearce

Jessica Pearce

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A teaching union official has vowed to fight for struggling families in her bid to become East Devon MP.

Jessica Pearce, a 36-year-old area organiser for the National Union of Teachers, was chosen as the Labour candidate to fight the next general election in May 2015, writes Stefan Gordon.

Local Labour members picked Jessica at a selection conference at Exmouth Town Hall, choosing her over other candidates including one from London.

She grew up in St Austell in Cornwall and currently lives in Exeter with her husband Rob, a Labour councillor.

Jessica, who has been a union official for 10 years, said that one of her main motivations for standing for election was to stand up for local people whose lives, she says, have been made increasingly more difficult by the policies of the coalition government.

She said: “I am a local woman with a genuine desire to make a difference for people in East Devon.

“The Labour Party is the only credible alternative to the current government. We need to be clear about what makes us different and to communicate that on a local level.

“People do not always connect what happens at Westminster to what happens in East Devon.

“I want to make that link and demonstrate our relevance to local people.”

“I know the constituency and I believe that I can work with you to promote the Labour Party and represent the concerns of ordinary people here.” Her agent Ray Davison said: “Jessica inspired the members with her drive and enthusiasm for campaigning.

“We have not had a woman as our candidate for some time and we all look forward to her leading us in the fight against the old Etonian and this coalition government of millionaires.”

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  • The NUT is one of the most reactionary groups within the world of the left. Welcome to the class war.

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    Palmerston

    Thursday, January 30, 2014

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