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Theatre nurse seeking to become a Midlands MP

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A theatre nurse and union activist is hoping to win a marginal seat in the West Midlands at the general election next month.

Eleanor Smith was unveiled on 29 April as the new Labour parliamentary candidate for Wolverhampton South West.

Ms Smith, who works at Birmingham Women’s and Children’s NHS Foundation Trust, was president of the union Unison from June 2011 to June 2012 – the first black woman to hold the post.

Last September, she addressed the Trades Union Congress in Brighton on the government’s controversial decision to scrap the bursary for student nurses and midwives.

Abolishing the NHS bursary for healthcare students in England when there is a nursing and midwifery shortage was a “massively retrograde step”, she told delegates.

She is hoping to replace Rob Marris as MP for Wolverhampton South West, though Labour only currently has a majority of 801.

Mr Marris, a former shadow Treasury minister, is stepping down at the general election.

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