Labour candidate named for Stevenage constituency

SHARON Taylor has been selected as the Labour Party’s prospective parliamentary candidate for Stevenage.

The mum-of-three, who is currenty the leader of Stevenage Borough Council, will now face off against Tory candidate Stephen McPartland at the next General Election.

The selection contest was triggered after the serving MP Barbara Follett announced her intention to stand down in 2010.

Sharon said she felt priviliged to be named her party’s candidate for the constituency, which includes the villages of Codicote, Datchworth and Knebworth.

“I am honoured to be standing for the place where I grew up, brought up my family and continue to live,” she said.

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Mrs Taylor, who will be defending a Labour majority of 3,139, added: “I am a committed campaigner and, if I am lucky enough to be elected, I am determined to be an MP who works with local people to make change happen for the better.”

Mrs Follett said: “I am really pleased and proud that the Stevenage Labour Party has selected Sharon Taylor to succeed me as their General Election candidate.

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“She is the best choice for Labour and the best choice for the town she knows and loves so well.”

The next General Election – which must be held on or before June 3, 2010 – is expected to be keenly contested in Stevenage following the recent resurgence of the Conservative Party.

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