unionstogether are getting to know some of our new 2015 Labour MPs with a series of quick fire interview.
Angela Rayner is MP for Ashton, Droylsden & Failsworth, Shadow Pensions Minister and a proud UNISON member.
Have you ever held a position in a union: Yes, I was regional convenor for Northwest Unison, where I had been elected to represent 200,000 public sector workers and the National Executive Council of our union and the TUC Exec in the North West.
What was the most rewarding part: Winning a case for one of my
members and generally helping working people.
What is your favourite TV show: Mrs Brown’s Boys
What is your favourite Colour: Green, even though I'm sure I should say red!
What is your favourite Food: Curry
What’s your next campaign going to be about: The EU referendum first, then locally parking charges and then permanently, the future of our NHS!
What was the main reason you wanted to become a Labour MP: To make a difference to working class people. The salt of the earth Northerners that make our country prosperous, but who often feel let down by the political process.
What has been the strangest thing to get used to since you were elected: The ancient conventions of the House (it’s like walking onto the Harry Potter set at Hogwarts sometimes) and how different I'm treated just because I’ve got two letters after my name. I am still the same person I was before May 2015 when I was first elected.
Have you come across any weird parliamentary rules that you didn’t know before and if so what were they: Everyone seems to write little notes to each other! It seems very old fashioned and random to me. I just don’t get it.
What would you say to TU activists who were thinking about joining the Labour Party: Please do! If you want to change the system, you have to roll up your sleeves and get stuck in. It’s no use standing on the sidelines throwing rocks, that changes nothing. Now more than ever we need real people with real experience of the work place and working people to represent us. And you can make a difference. Politics is too important to be left to professional politicians!
If you were PM for the day what law would you introduce: To outlaw all forms of tax evasion, with very heavy penalties. People need to pay their way.
Who or what is your main political inspiration: Not a person, more an approach – I’d like to leave a legacy to help kids from my background prosper and do well.
Anything else you'd like our readers to know: My sort of personal motto: As Mahatma Gandhi once said – ‘Be the change that you wish to see in the world’.