Erdington by-election 2022: Newly elected Labour MP Paulette Hamilton reveals why she won

Voters have elected Birmingham’s first black MP - former nurse and grandmother Paulette Hamilton

Former nurse Paulette Hamilton is celebrating after a comfortable win at the Erdington by-election last night.

The results were announced in the early hours of this morning (Friday, March 4) with the Labour councillor, who was recently the cabinet member for Health and Social Care on Birmingham City Council, winning 55% of the vote.

There was a 27% turnout in the by-election held following the sudden death of Jack Dromey, the Labour MP who represented the constituency for 12 years.

Paulette paid tribute to the fantastic work by Mr Dromey in the constituency and recognised how highly he was regarded in the community when BirminghamWorld spoke to her following the results.

She also gave an insight into why she believes she won the election.

The mum-of-five, who is a born and bred Brummie, told our reporter: “The main reasons why I won tonight was because we bothered to knock on people’s doors and we listened to them.

“And we gave Labour’s policies - and they liked what we were saying

Paulette said her chief goals as MP are to tackle key issues affecting Erdington - including food and fuel poverty.

The grandmother-of-six worked for the NHS for 25 years and re-joined the healthcare frontline during the pandemic to support the vaccine rollout.

She has been a councillor for over 17 years and recently represented the Holyhead ward in Handsworth.

Paulette Hamilton

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