by Cathy Newman
Angela Rayner certainly has a powerful story, what Denis Healey liked to call a 'hinterland'. She grew up on a Stockport council estate, brought up by a mother who couldn't read or write. She left school at 16, pregnant.
That's some life experience – one not shared by the majority of her Westminster colleagues. Indeed, some of her Conservative opponents have scoffed about whether she has the qualifications to fulfil her responsibilities as shadow education secretary.
“I may not have a degree – but I have a Masters in real life,” she hit back.
The challenges Rayner has overcome to make it to Parliament and represent the people of Ashton-under-Lyne (the first woman to do so), have given her a passionate zeal for Labour’s achievements in government.
Angela Rayner is one to watch. BUT then there is the shoe incident. Ms Rayner used a House of Commons letterhead to complain about to a shop about its failure to obtain a pair of novelty Star Wars themed shoes. That does rather bring up the worst stereotypes of the self-serving MP. Still, the fact she wanted such bizarre shoes shows she has some personality at least.