Vicky gets the Labour vote for London seat

Vicky Foxcroft and her dad Graham.

Vicky Foxcroft and her dad Graham.

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A Chorley-born woman is well on course to becoming the next MP in one of the safest Labour seats in the country.

Vicky Foxcroft has just been chosen as the Labour Parliamentary candidate in London’s Lewisham Deptford constituency.

The constituency’s long-term MP Joan Ruddock is standing down.

Vicky was born in Chorley Hospital, lived in the town for a few years and later moved to Euxton.

She went to Euxton Primrose Hill Primary School before moving to the Rossendale Valley area.

A ward councillor, she was selected to contest the seat out of an all-women shortlist. She beat off competition from councillor Janet Daby, as well as Florence Nosegbe, Catherine McDonald, Paula Hirst, and Mendora Ogbogbo.

She is chairman of Lewisham Labour group and led the Save Lewisham Hospital campaign for Labour.

She represents low-paid workers in high street banks for Unite in her day job.

Vicky, who is married, said: “I’m very chuffed to be selected and I think we need more people from working class backgrounds in politics. It’s a campaign now to make sure we win the next election.”

Her proud dad Graham Foxcroft, of Bolton Road, Anderton, was among the first to congratulate her.

Retired Graham, 63, who worked for Leyland Motors/Bus for 38 years, said: “I’m absolutely delighted for her. I’m sure she will serve the good people of Lewisham well.

“She ran the local campaign against the closure of the A&E department at Lewisham Hospital.”

He said he was arranging to see her next month. “For the last few months, she has been non-stop campaigning.”