SEFTON CENTRAL CONSERVATIVES have chosen a North West businesswoman to fight the next General Election in May.
Mother-of-two Valerie Allen lives in Warrington and has previously stood in St Helens South and Whiston in the 2010 General Election.
The Halton businesswomen, who was brought up and went to school in Lancashire, is also a Riverside College governor, commercial manager with Widnes welding firm GWS, Deputy Lieutenant For Cheshire and a magistrate.
She was an awarded an MBE in the recent New Year Honours List for services to business and the community in Halton and Warrington.
Her many achievements include working with businesses and charities and in education to make sure the skills being taught are relevant for employment.
She said “I understand business and want to work with businesses and colleges in the area to promote apprenticeships. They are the life-blood of business and make a vast difference to any company”
“What I try to do is bring business and charities together in the community and make sure the right skills are relevant for the workplace today. I also encourage businesses to take on apprentices and work with the community.”
Valerie found out that she was to be honoured with an MBE three weeks ago and has managed to keep it a secret as required ever since.
“I’m absolutely delighted and honoured, she added. “I can’t believe it, it’s amazing.”
She believes the present Government has done a good job in strengthening the economy.
She said: “We always knew it was going to be a slow process so it is important that the good work continues and we finish the job. I will be out on the doorstep meeting people and listening to what issues matter to them”.
Valerie’s candidacy has been endorsed by Wirral West Conservative MP Esther McVey, who said she was “delighted” with the news.
Ms McVey MP said: “I am delighted that Valerie Allen has been selected as the Conservative Prospective Parliamentary Candidate for Sefton Central.
“As a local businesswoman she understands that through business will come economic recovery and with it jobs.
“Without a strong economy we can’t have the health service or education service we so want for our families. Valerie knows this and so is fighting to ensure we get a stronger economy, jobs prosperity for all and with it a great public sector.
“She is a champion of apprentices and of helping young people onto their career ladder, employing three herself. Valerie will make a fantastic MP’.”
A spokesperson for Sefton Conservatives added: “Valerie is an experienced businesswoman, she has her finger on the pulse and is fully aware of the challenges for Sefton Central and capable of winning back the seat from Labour.”