In December 2019, Joanne stood as the Parliamentary candidate for Labour in Wyre and Preston North. A keen community activist, she has a special interest in food poverty, rural issues, community regeneration, equality and environmental sustainability.

She believes that we can achieve real change under Labour, where we can have a Government tackling social inequalities, inadequate social care and restore our NHS as well as tackling crime and a strong timely response to the Climate Emergency we face.

She is strongly opposed to fracking and will work to ensure that the recent moratorium turns into a permanent ban. She is also deeply concerned about the unfair treatment of WASPI women.

In Morecambe, she has served as Secretary for the award winning food club, Sustainability Morecambe, which aims to tackle food waste and food poverty, since 2016.

Joanne Ainscough talking to Jeremy Corbyn about food waste and food poverty

Joanne is from Morecambe, but her Father’s family is from Broughton and Preston. Joanne was delighted and honoured to have been selected to represent this community for Labour.

Joanne started her working career as a pharmacy technician in the NHS. She decided to go to University as a mature student and retrained as a software engineer. She is married to Christian and has two grown up children from her first marriage and is step-Mum to two teenagers.

Away from politics she is currently studying part-time at the Centre for Alternative Technology for a Masters in Sustainable Food and Natural Resources. She is also a beekeeper and a enthusiastic but distinctly amateur gardener.