Carolyn Harris MP for Deputy Leader of Welsh Labour

I’m proud to be standing for Deputy Leader of Welsh Labour.

I’m standing because campaigning is my passion. Because I believe in speaking up for those in our communities who don’t have a voice. And because I know my background, experience and enthusiasm are what we need to take us forward, united, to show our communities that Welsh Labour is the only party that’s standing up for them.

The Deputy Leader is a campaigning role within the party.

I was elected to Parliament in 2015. In that short time I have led national campaigns on a Children’s Funeral Fund, which has now been implemented by the Welsh Labour Government; state pension justice for 1950s-born women; a reduced maximum stake on fixed odds betting terminals (FOBTs) that are the crack cocaine of gambling and improved product recall on electrical items.

In 2015 Jeremy Corbyn appointed me to his frontbench team and I’ve remained loyal to our Party and the leadership, serving on the frontbench where I am currently Shadow Minister for Women and Equalities.

I’ve got a head full of ideas, a heart full of compassion and a voice that’s not afraid to speak up and speak out.

I am a champion for change, standing up for those in our communities across Wales who do not feel they have a voice, feel disconnected from politicians, and don’t feel that politics benefits them.

I know how that feels because I used to feel that way too. I left school at 16 to work in the DVLA, had my first child at 19 and, over the next ten years, worked as a dinner lady, a barmaid and in a school for children with special needs. I then had my second child, decided to go to university at the age of 34, and following my degree I worked for charities and in local politics.

I’ve been involved in community campaigning all my life, but I never thought someone like me could be a representative, never mind a Member of Parliament. If I can do that, then I want others in our party to believe that they can too.

I want every voter possible in Wales to believe that Labour is the party that will represent them so we have more Labour controlled councils, a majority Welsh Labour government and a UK Labour government.

As Deputy Leader of Welsh Labour, I will:

  • Increase party membership across Wales, so everyone can play their part in campaigning.
  • Reach out to all our communities, by working with our trade unions, affiliates and supporters.
  • Nurture new talent across our party, by encouraging underrepresented groups to get involved in our movement.
  • Campaign against Tory austerity, demonstrating the difference Labour values and socialist policies can make to our communities.
  • Rejuvenate our CLPs, making them the beating heart of our movement and communities.

Thank you,

Carolyn Harris MP