Stephen Kinnock shortlisted for Labour in Aberavon

7 March 2014

Stephen Kinnock, son of former Labour leader Neil Kinnock and his wife Glenys, is in the running to represent Labour in Aberavon at the next general election.

Mr Kinnock joins a shortlist of six other candidates. They are Gavin Freeguard from Port Talbot, Jeremy Miles from Pontarddulais, Neath town mayor Mark Fisher, Parmjit Dhanda, who was the Member of Parliament for Gloucester from 2001 to 2010, Sandfields West councillor Suzanne Paddison and Sarah Woodall from Abergavenny.

The seat is becoming vacant because the current Labour MP for Aberavon Hywel Francis announced in November that he is to stand down next year.

A total of 23 people applied to be candidates. General secretary of Aberavon Labour, Anthony Taylor said members of Aberavon Labour will now meet on March 22 at the Aberavon Beach Hotel to decide on the final candidate.

“The shortlisted candidates will be given the opportunity to give a speech,” he said. “Members will then get the chance to vote.”

Wife: Helle-Thorning-Schmidt.

Wife: Helle-Thorning-Schmidt.

Mr Kinnock made the headlines in December when his wife, Danish Prime Minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt, took a ‘selfie’ photo with US President Barack Obama and Prime Minister David Cameron during the Nelson Mandela memorial service in Johannesburg.

Although his family live in Copenhagen, Mr Kinnock is based in London. The couple, who have two daughters, married in 1996.

He said: “Helle and I have been living like this for many years and we’ve always found a way to make it work. We’ve obviously discussed my plans, and she is very supportive.”



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