Labour Welwyn Hatfield General Election candidate revealed

PUBLISHED: 16:37 02 May 2017 | UPDATED: 16:42 02 May 2017

Anawar Miah, Labour candidate for Welwyn Hatfield, June 8, 2017.

Anawar Miah, Labour candidate for Welwyn Hatfield, June 8, 2017.

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The Labour Party has named its candidate to fight Welwyn Hatfield in the General Election on June 8 - a barrister who contested the seat unsuccessfully in 2015.

Public law specialist Anawar Miah, who in 2015 took 13,128 votes against 25,281 for Tory Grant Shapps, has been chosen as the Labour candidate for Welwyn Hatfield.

He said: “I am delighted to have been selected to stand as the Labour Party candidate in Welwyn Hatfield in June’s General Election.

“I am pleased and proud to stand in the town where I live. The community spirit here is second to none but too often, when Welwyn Hatfield is mentioned in the corridors of power, people think of our gaff-prone MP who is currently attempting to climb his way back into government. “It’s time you had a representative who puts Welwyn Hatfield before Westminster.

“I am standing to be your member of Parliament to protect our public services and to make sure everyone’s voices are heard as we negotiate a Brexit deal: a sensible deal that protects jobs, living standards and the people of Welwyn Hatfield.

“As a parent to four children, I am fully focused on securing education funding for all our children. Conservative cuts to education are limiting the opportunities of kids in Welwyn Hatfield with increasing class sizes and insufficient school places an unavoidable problem facing parents and teachers alike.

“My son was born in the QEII Hospital. Our wonderful National Health Service is suffering from years of mismanagement and under-funding by the Tories; I pledge to fight for the funding needed to protect its future for everyone.

“I am delighted that the people of Welwyn Hatfield have been given a chance to vote for meaningful, positive change. For the security our public services need and for the representation residents deserve I hope I can win your vote on June 8.”

Branch chairman Graham Beevers said: “I welcome the appointment of Anawar Miah as Labour’s candidate for Welwyn Hatfield for June’s General Election.

“I know that if elected on the 8th June, he will put this area first and will be a committed and local MP – that’s what Welwyn Hatfield deserves.”

The only other candidates declared so far are Mr Shapps and Lib Dem Nigel Quinton.

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