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Local Labour Party members in Leicester South have this evening, Saturday, selected Jonathan Ashworth as their candidate for the forthcoming Leicester South by-election.

Jonathan will succeed Sir Peter Soulsby who announced his intention to stand down following his selection as Labour’s Mayoral Candidate.

On his selection Jonathan said: “Leicester is a very diverse and vibrant city with a great history and I am honoured to have been selected by the local party members as their candidate for the by-election.
“Sir Peter has been a great constituency MP and will certainly be a hard act to follow but I believe that I have the experience and knowledge needed to represent the people of this constituency.”
“The Tory-led government’s unfair cuts are having a huge impact on Leicester South. The Tories and Lib Dems have no plan for economic growth or job creation. People across Leicester South are facing a very uncertain future. I am determined to be a strong voice for the constituency and will work hard to protect our vital services and strengthen our local communities.”

Sir Peter Soulsby said: “I am delighted that Jonathan has been selected as Labour’s candidate for the forthcoming by-election. Leicester South needs a Mayor and a Member of Parliament who will defend our local services and drive our economy forward and I know that Jonathan has the commitment and experience we need during these tough times.”

Keith Vaz, MP for Leicester East said: “I am delighted that local party members have today selected Jonathan as their candidate for the by-election. I know that Jonathan is committed to the city and I look forward to supporting him in the campaign to be the next Labour MP for Leicester South.”

Liz Kendall, MP for Leicester West said:
“I’m delighted Jonathan has been selected as Labour’s candidate in this by-election. I know he will be a real champion for Leicester South and will fight hard against the Tory-led government’s cuts which are putting the city’s jobs and services at risk. I’m looking forward to working with him as we campaign for a better deal and better future for our fantastic city.”

Editor’s notes:
Jonathan was selected following a ballot of all eligible members. The final result was:
Ashworth, Jonathan: 106
Channer, Josie: 0
Clayton, Neil: 2
Kitterick, Patrick: 44
Mayat, Mian: 1

For more information, please contact Vicky Street, East Midlands Regional Communications Officer on 0115 943 1777 / 07843 344 304.

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