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Union worker to fight seat


A trade unionist from Southwell has been picked as the Labour Party’s prospective parliamentary candidate for Nottingham South.

Lilian Greenwood (41) of Burgage, Southwell, won the nomination from an all-female shortlist of six.

She received 101 votes in the final ballot. Her nearest rival received 88 votes.

“I am very proud,” she said. “It has been a very hard and well-fought campaign.

“It was very good to win having put in a lot of hard work over several months.”

Lilian Greenwood said Mr Alan Simpson, who will remain the Nottingham South MP until the next General Election, was very well known and would be a hard act to follow.

She said the issues voters had raised with her included provision of good quality health services they could trust and rely on and schools that would provide a good education and raise aspirations.

She said reduction in crime and anti-social behaviour was important so people felt safe in their communities.

She said she would keep talking to constituents in the run-up to the next General Election.

“My priority is getting out and talking to ordinary people in Nottingham and finding out what the issues are for them,” she said.

Lilian Greenwood, who is originally from Bolton, moved to Nottingham in 1992 and Southwell in 1999.

She is a senior regional organiser for the public sector trade union, Unison, in Nottingham.

She has successfully campaigned on a range of issues including women’s rights, racism, improving public sector pensions, increasing funding for the health service and workers’ rights.

She has three children, Patsy (13) who is a pupil at the Minster School, Matilda (10) and Elsie (7) who both attend Lowe’s Wong Junior School.

Lilian Greenwood, who has a partner, Mr Ravi Subramanian (39) is a member of the Lowe’s Wong after-school club committee.

She is a former member of Southwell Running Club and is now a member of Holme Pierrepont Running Club.

Her pastimes include walking in the countryside, reading and spending time with her children.

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