Prospective Morley MP gets a degree

Andrea Jenkyns has graduated from university.
Andrea Jenkyns has graduated from university.
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One of Morley’s prospective parliamentary candidates has graduated from university at the age of 40.

Andrea Jenkyns completed her degree studying international relations and politics at the University of Lincoln with upper second class honours.

Ms Jenkyns will stand for the Conservative Party against current MP and Shadow Chancellor Ed Balls in next May’s general election.

She said: “As a mature student who never went to university I would like to encourage and show it’s never too late. It was amazing, I never expected to do a degree.

“For me it was about proving to myself that I could do it.”

Applying was not easy for Ms Jenkyns who was initially turned down for the course, but after a meeting with the university, at which she proved her enthusiasm, she was given another chance.

Ms Jenkyns’ mother Valerie said: “I’m very proud of Andrea, she’s the first person in our family to go to university.”

Chancellor George Osborne mentioned her in an address he gave during the ceremony, wishing her luck with the election next May.

Ms Jenkyns said: “It was a real proud moment walking on stage with all the friends I’ve made.

“There are lots of great opportunities for young people today, whether they want to go into higher education or start work straight way.”