Kerena Marchant and Paula
Kerena Marchant and Paula

Paula Wibrew interviews Kerena Marchant Basingstoke Labour Parliamentary Candidate about why she is standing to be MP in Basingstoke and what inspires her most.

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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