Wife to stand for husband’s former Rotherham Council seat

Lisa Wright, wife of South Yorkshire Police and Crime Commissioner Shaun, who is standing for his old council seat in Rawmarsh
Lisa Wright, wife of South Yorkshire Police and Crime Commissioner Shaun, who is standing for his old council seat in Rawmarsh
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The wife of South Yorkshire’s Police and Crime commissioner has announced she is standing in the by-election for her husband’s former council seat.

Lisa Wright, aged 37, is Labour’s candidate for the Rawmarsh and Parkgate seat at the Rotherham Council by-election on Thursday, May 16, which follows Shaun Wright’s resignation from the seat to concentrate on his police work.

Lisa, a nursing sister at Rotherham Hospital, is hoping to follow in the footsteps of three previous generations of her family.

Her great-grandfather Bill Skelton was elected to the council in the 1940s and was Mayor in 1969.

Her grandmother, Joan Johnston, was elected in the 1960s and was Rotherham’s Mayor in 1981.

Her mother, Lindsay Johnston, was elected in the 1990s and currently represents Wingfield Ward.

Mrs Wright said: “I’ve been a member of Labour 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.

“ I relish the opportunity to fight this election and, if successful, continue the excellent work of family members in ensuring residents get decent services.”

Bob Bird, chairman of Labour’s Rawmarsh and Parkgate branch, said: “We are delighted to have secured such a great local candidate.”

Other parties have not yet announced their candidates – the deadline for nominations was today at noon.