Conservative Boston councillor set to stand against shadow chancellor Ed Balls at next General Election

Andrea Jenkyns.
Andrea Jenkyns.

A Boston county councillor is set to go up against shadow chancellor Ed Balls at the next General Election.

Andrea Jenkyns has been chosen as the Conservative candidate for the Morley and Outward constituency in West Yorkshire – the seat currently held by Labour and Mr Balls.

But she insists, if elected, she would still have plenty of time for a councillor role in Boston.

Oh her candidacy, she told The Standard: “It was the first time I put my name forward - I didn’t expect to get it.

“It is going to be an interesting battle ahead and it is definitely going to be high profile.”

But it is a battle which Coun Jenkyns believes she can win – and after Mr Balls only secured the seat by a majority of just over 1,000 in the 2010 General Election she expects the party’s ‘big hitters’ to be out in force.

She added: “It is going to be one hell of a challenge. I am very excited. We are two different characters.

“I’ve got two years to get into the community.”

Mr Balls is one of the most high-profile Labour MPs currently sitting in the house, after previously being amongst the challengers for the party leadership after Gordon Brown resigned – a race won by Ed Milliband.

In the last government he held the position of Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families.

Coun Jenkyns is from Yorkshire and previously lived in Normonton, while her mother lives in the neighbouring constituency.

Despite the candidacy, Coun Jenkyns says she is committed to Boston – standing again in next month’s Lincolnshire County Council elections.

She says during her candidacy she will continue to live in the town and stay with her mother when she is in Yorkshire, but said she would look at the situation again if elected to the House of Commons.

“I’m not the kind of person to let the people down,” she said, while pointing to the fact that some MPs hold full-time jobs and what she was proposing would effectively be no different to this.

She insisted the current work she does with the Boston community would continue.

Coun Jenkyns also argued her selection to stand as an MP is good for the town as it will give her the opportunity to raise matters with government ministers.

Among those she intends to speak to is transport minister Patrick McLoughlin during an expected visit to Lincoln in July