Karen Allen

I fought South Shields at the May 2010 General Election for the Conservatives, gaining a 6.4% swing which was a 4% vote increase. The Conservatives polled 7,886 up from 5,207 in 2005. I was born in the North East and grew up in South Shields. I currently live in London and am employed as a Director at Lloyd's Broker Howden International.

Friday, November 06, 2009

To Europe or not to Europe?

Gossip surrounding David Miliband's potential European role has been mounting for months and if you believe various blogs his resignation as MP for South Shields is imminent:

http://www.politics.co.uk/news/foreign-policy/miliband-heading-to-europe--$1338777.htm

I would welcome a By Election in South Shields. Miliband's departure would prove what many in the town have suspected for a long time. The traditionally safe Labour seat in the North East of England, which Miliband, a career politician, was parachuted into in 2001, was a mere stepping stone, a springboard to greater things. The departure of Mr Miliband, who has never had any true affinity with the town, could make way for a new MP with solid roots in South Shields.

The Foreign Office are denying all rumours related to Mr Miliband's resignation. So we must wait to see.....

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