A GREAT Sankey man has set his sights on becoming a Labour MP in St Helens.

Luke Joseph is hoping to be the candidate for the safe Labour seat of St Helens North at the next general election.

Luke, who works as a parliamentary advisor for Marie Rimmer MP, spoke to history and politics students at Carmel College in St Helens last week.

He discussed the difficulties he faced to get involved with politics and how they could overcome them.

Students heard about how life in politics can range from helping local residents with their energy bills to working on larger campaigns to finally secure Violet-Grace’s Law.

Following the talk, Luke said: “There is no denying that a lot of opportunities in politics depends on who you know.

"I never had any of that, I had no family or connections within Labour or the wider political scene.

“I want to inspire more young people from St Helens and the wider region to get involved in politics at all levels.

Warrington Guardian: Luke Joseph speaking to Carmel studentsLuke Joseph speaking to Carmel students (Image: Luke Joseph)

"Most of the major decisions that impact our lives are made in Westminster. The more Northerners we get there who understand how to bring power and money back to St Helens, the better.”

Luke, 30, is among those to have recently announced his intentions to run to be Labour’s candidate for St Helens North.

Born and raised in Great Sankey, Warrington, he represented St Helens in national sporting competitions for most of his childhood.

For the past several years he has worked as an advisor to St Helens South and Whiston MP, Marie Rimmer.

This involves him working both in St Helens and on behalf of the St Helens Borough in Parliament..

Speaking on his efforts to become Labour’s candidate, he said: “I am not going to pretend that I know more about the constituency than other candidates. I don’t.

"What I am going to say is that I understand the role of an MP and how to utilise it to get the best results for St Helens North.

"In Parliament, I have worked on many issues that St Helens Borough faces. We require national solutions to bring about the real long-term change that we need to see.

"A child born in St Helens should have the same opportunities as one born anywhere else. The status-quo is not good enough.”

The process is likely to take some time with the first stage of narrowing down the candidates, known as longlisting, taking place this Thursday.

Council leader David Baines and Parr councillor Bisi Osundeko are the others who have publicly thrown their hat into the ring to be the Labour candidate for St Helens North.