Labour reveals shortlist for Euro elections

LABOUR has announced its shortlist of candidates to contest the European Parliament elections in the North-East next year.

Four candidates have been included on the shortlist to contest the three seats available in the region.

They include Coun Nick Wallis, who has been a Darlington Borough Councillor since 1991 and is currently the authority’s Cabinet Member for Leisure and Local Environment.

Jayne Shotton, from North Shields, has previously served as a Labour Councillor in North Tyneside for six years for the Camperdown ward.

Judith Kirton-Darling, who comes from Middlesborough, is the Confederal Secretary of the European TUC. She has worked within the trade union movement on European issues during the last ten years.

Paul Brannen is a former Councillor for the Westerhope Ward of Newcastle City Council and contested the Berwick-upon-Tweed seat for Labour in the 1997 General Election.

A ballot of local party members will be held to decide the ordering of the candidates on the party list, with a vote expected in June.

The North-East currently has three MEPs, one from each of Labour, the Liberal Democrats and the Conservatives.

However Labour’s incumbent MEP, Stephen Hughes, is standing down after 20 years in the position.

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