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Politics is a family affair for trio of Leeds councillors

Labour's Stuart McKenna celebrates taking the Garforth & Swillington ward with fellow councillors step-dad James McKenna and mum Andrea McKenna.

Labour's Stuart McKenna celebrates taking the Garforth & Swillington ward with fellow councillors step-dad James McKenna and mum Andrea McKenna.

  • by Aisha Iqbal
 

POLITICS really does run in the family for this trio.

Twenty-eight year old Stuart McKenna has become a Leeds city councillor after securing victory for Labour in Garforth.

He will be joining his stepdad James, and mum – and fellow Garforth councillor – Andrea in the council chamber.

James and Andrea, a former Mayor and Mayoress of Leeds, married while they were councillors.

Asked if he was looking forward to working with the family, Stuart joked: “I’m looking forward to working with my stepdad.

“Not so much my mum, because we will annoy each other!

“But our quarrels with be left in the house. We’ll be doing the best, both of us, for Garforth and Swillington.”

Andrea said it was “absolutely amazing” to be representing the electorate alongside her son.

“We’ve six children between us, and Stuart’s the only one who has shown any interest in politics,” she said.

“We have tried to discourage him actually over the years, but he’s wanted to do it probably since he was 14 years old, and he’s stuck by it.”

Reflecting on the overall shortage of young people actively engaged in politics, she added: “We have got to start encouraging younger people into all political parties.”

Asked if there were other wannabe politicians in the family, James, who represents the Armley ward, joked: “There’s a few more of us yet.”

 

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