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John Prescott's son David Prescott in Greenwich and Woolwich MP bid
GREENWICH and Woolwich's next MP could be John Prescott's son after the borough's resident threw his hat into the ring.
David Prescott, a co-chairman of Greenwich and Woolwich Labour and former BBC producer, has lived in the borough for 13 years and now has his sights set on the Labour candidacy for Nick Raynsford's seat at the next election.
As the chair of governors at Blackheath Bluecoat, the 43-year-old has fought Greenwich Council's decision to close the school - which celebrated improved GCSE exam results last month.
In a post on his website, Mr Prescott, who now works in public relations, said: "If selected and elected, I would be a full-time MP working to being jobs and investment into the borough, with no outside directorships or second jobs. I’d also draft a candidate contract with members and the electorate to help set my priorities and commitments for the coming term.
"I’d also forge stronger links with our Labour family – local trade union branches, members, supporters, councillors and the Co-Op.
"And I’d establish a full-time constituency office on Woolwich’s main high street with local staff and offer living wage paid apprenticeships to local students. I would never employ family staff.
"I built my own career. Now I want to help others in Greenwich and Woolwich build theirs."
As in the nearby Lewisham Deptford constituency, whoever Labour selects as their candidate is almost certain to be the next MP.
Mr Raynsford, who is standing down after more than 20 years as the area's representative, won at the last election after securing over 10,000 more votes than his closest rival, Conservative candidate Councillor Spencer Drury.
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