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Jennet follows in family footsteps

IT WILL be a real family affair when Jennet Liddle follows in the footsteps of her mum, aunt and uncle by contesting June's local elections.

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WE ARE family ... Lynn Wilson, Janet Storey and Jennet Liddle

IT WILL be a real family affair when Jennet Liddle follows in the footsteps of her mum, aunt and uncle by contesting June's local elections.

The 29-year-old has decided to stand as a Conservative candidate in Altham. Mum-of-two Jennet, of Clayton Way in the village, is the daughter of Janet Storey, a current Tory councillor for Clayton-le-Moors.

Her aunt, former Great Harwood Overton ward councillor Lynn Wilson, is hoping to make a return to Hyndburn Council when she stands for the Tories in neighbouring Netherton. But her uncle Jack Cooper spent a five-year stint as a LABOUR councillor in Clayton.

Jennet, who has an eight-month-old son Oliver and a 10-year-old daughter Katherine, was born and bred in Clayton. She cites her main interests as community issues such as schools, the roads and childcare.

She said: "I have always been involved in local issues and, as I now have a young family, I have to take an interest for their benefit in the future."

Her mum Janet, now in her fifth year as a councillor, says politics runs in the family.

She said: "My grandmother Ellen Royle was a Suffragette and went to prison. My dad Robert was an ex-Army officer and our mum Annie was a NAAFI manager at Colchester so they were very strong-willed."

Lynn, who lives in Edge End, was previously a councillor for three years in Overton while Jack stood as an Independent two years ago.

He joked: "The council chamber will be a livelier place if all three are members, as they can all talk. We have always been a political family so this doesn't come as a surprise and I wish them all luck."