Letters: Jo Rust, March 20, 2015

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In reply to Kelly Terry (Letters, March 17), I have one job that I devote my full time, paid job for. This is my proper job, for UNISON, my trade union.

Before that I worked for Norfolk County Council before that, the College of West Anglia, and, before that, as a nursery worker, a childminder, a cleaner a waitress ... But that was then. Now, as well as my full-time job, I am also an unpaid volunteer in several other positions: vice chair of a local charity, the Lisa Wiles, Red Wellies, Brain Tumour support fund. I’m a governor at Springwood High School (I do get biscuits at the meeting, payment I’m happy with!).

I am active in our Labour Party and with the trades council. I also play netball and umpire for matches. That umpiring means I receive £5 for each hour-long match. Ideally I’d like to imagine that were I elected as the MP for North West Norfolk, I could still play netball on a Tuesday for my team (Barsby SOS) and then umpire when needed (and get that fiver). However, I really don’t think it’s going to be possible. So, to be open and transparent, if I were to be elected I would only undertake the paid employment as MP for NW Norfolk. BUT, I am booked to umpire for this year’s Intervillage Games. If I do, you all have to know that for that day of umpiring we all get a T-shirt, a packed lunch and £15.

Jo Rust,

Prospective Labour Party candidate North West Norfolk