Kerena Marchant, Labour Parliamentary Candidate for Basingstoke surrounded by Labour supporters
Kerena Marchant, Labour Parliamentary Candidate for Basingstoke surrounded by Labour supporters

Unfortunately Basingstoke’s Current MP is Conservative Maria Miller, however Basingstoke Constituency Labour Party have selected Kerena Marchant as our Parliamentary Candidate.

About Kerena

Kerena was selected in February 2019 after facing a tough selection committee and a hustings meeting open to all members.

Kerena was born profoundly deaf but hasn’t let that hold her back. At 13 years old she taught herself to read and went on to study Religion and Politics at Bristol University.

In her BBC career she smashed the glass ceiling and broke into television production. She made award winning programmes about religious, educational, social and political issues. She also worked with Camera Pix and the United Nations Film unit.
Education has always been close to her heart and she went on to work in Schools TV where she made many programmes for children with special educational needs.

In recognition of her expertise in Education, she was invited by the Lord Chancellor to become a founding member of The Special Educational Needs and Disability Discrimination Tribunal and invited to sit on the First Tier Social Security Tribunal looking at PIP and DLA appeals.

An interview with Kerena

Paula: What made you what to stand for parliament as an MP?

Kerena: It was just one of those moments, when you have a bad day, and you listen to some rubbish being spouted by a Tory politician on the TV who just doesn’t understand real life, or care about people. I got so mad – I thought – I need to do something. So, I applied to Basingstoke, and was lucky enough to get selected. I just feel its time ordinary people have their voices heard in parliament.

Paula: What do you think you can bring as a candidate?Kerena: Experience of the real world. As a working mum of a disabled teenager and the daughter of a widowed pensioner I really understand the day to day struggles of life.
As a deaf person I understand just how tough it can be when the system seems to be against you. I have been a successful campaigner on issues such as fracking and disabled rights. Through my work as a television producer I have come face to face with the many difficulties people face in their daily lives.
So I would say I have a shared understanding with ordinary people in Basingstoke, much more than Maria Miller.

Paula: Being deaf must make things hard, where do you get your inspiration from?

Kerena: There have been so many sources of inspiration, my parents especially. My step- father was a great inspiration to me. He worked for the NHS all his life as a dentist, refusing to take on more lucrative private practice.
His love and defence of the NHS stays with me. Sadly, he spent his last days on a hospital trolley and that’s why I am so passionate about fixing the problems the Tories have caused in the NHS.

I want to be the kind of MP that listens to people, works hard for them and if I am elected I will have my constituency office in central Basingstoke so people can access me.

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