Liz McInnes was first elected as the Member of Parliament for Heywood and Middleton in October 2014 in a by-election which took place following the sad death of the previous MP Jim Dobbin. Liz was re-elected with an increased majority in the 2015 general election.
In addition to her constituency work and other work in parliament on behalf of Heywood and Middleton residents, Liz is a Shadow Foreign Minister.
What influenced you to first stand as a Parliamentary Candidate for Heywood and Middleton?
I was a great admirer of the late Jim Dobbin who was the MP here for many years until he sadly passed away last year. I met him many times in my role at the NHS and he was always helpful, knowledgeable and really committed to having the best healthcare possible. I was shocked and saddened by his death and it wasn’t an easy decision to make to follow in his footsteps but I decided that I wanted to carry on the great campaigning work the he was doing on the NHS and on employment.
What should the residents of Heywood and Middleton know about you?
I was born and bred in neighbouring Oldham, and I lived in Middleton for 11 years. I have spent most of my working life in the hospitals serving the population of Heywood and Middleton. I worked in the NHS for 33 years, and was a councillor in neighbouring Rossendale before being chosen by Labour members here in Heywood and Middleton as their parliamentary candidate.
I believe passionately in the founding principles of our NHS - free to all at the point of need and will continue to fight against David Cameron’s privatisation of our treasured institution. Now the Conservatives have a majority government the fight is going to be even tougher, but I'm more determined than ever. I am a hard worker with a proven track record of work in the NHS and local government. Being elected in October 2014 and again at the general election in May 2015 was a huge honour and very humbling.
I take the responsibility of representing our local area extremely seriously and people in Heywood and Middleton can be assured that I will work tirelessly to get a fair deal for all.
You can find more information about the constituency of Heywood and Middleton and the results of previous elections here.
To get involved in your local Labour Party campaigns click here
Together we can fight for a fairer Heywood and Middleton