Son of Wigan rugby legend Shaun Edwards stands in local elections

The son of a Wigan rugby legend will be counting votes rather than tries in the upcoming local elections.
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For James Small-Edwards – whose parents are M People singer Heather Small and former Warrior Shaun Edwards – is standing as the Labour candidate in the Bayswater ward for London’s Westminster City Council.

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His smart suits and red rosettes are a world away from the Cherry and White kit and rugby boots his famous father used to wear.

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But in an interview with Metro, Shaun said his son was making a “noble journey” by trying to make a difference.

James said he had always been interested in politics and was inspired while volunteering at a food bank early in the coronavirus pandemic.

He told Metro: “‘The changes we were making were short-term. I realised the only way to make long-term changes in people’s lives is through politics.”

A full list of candidates in the Bayswater ward can be found here

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