Labour Party Members in Wansbeck yesterday chose Ian Lavery as their candidate for the next General Election.
Mr Lavery, aged 47 from Ashington, is married with two children. He is a former miner, starting out as a mining apprentice at Lynemouth Colliery before moving on to work at Ellington Colliery.
Since 2002, he has served as President of the National Union of Mineworkers.
He is also currently the Chairman of Ashington Community Football Club and Chairman of Hirst Welfare Centre.
Mr Lavery will be looking to succeed Labour Member of Parliament, Denis Murphy in Parliament.
After his selection, Ian Lavery said: “As a Wansbeck person all my life I am delighted at the overwhelming support I’ve received from local party members. The campaign starts now and I’m looking forward to the continued assistance of the local constituency party as we engage with the public in discussion and debate on local and national issues. With hard work, grit and determination this seat of Wansbeck will remain a solid Labour seat.”
Denis Murphy, Labour’s Member of Parliament for Wansbeck said: “There is no doubt that Ian Lavery is the right candidate for Wansbeck. He’ll take the fight to the Liberal Democrats locally and highlight the deficiencies of the Tories nationally. Ian’s background makes him ideally suited to understanding the challenges people face in Wansbeck. I am sure he will be a great asset in Parliament.”
Angela Brindley, Chair of Wansbeck Constituency Labour Party said: “We’re lucky to have had four good quality candidates wanting to represent Wansbeck and I’m pleased the constituency has chosen a local candidate who knows the area well. Ian is a marvellous choice for Wansbeck and I look forward to campaigning with him to retain the seat for Labour.”Other news from Labour North