Labour Party members in Kettering have selected Rhea Keehn as their Parliamentary candidate to take on Conservative MP Philip Hollobone at the 2015 General Election.
Ms Keehn was selected on Saturday (March 22) after a ballot of party members who live in the constituency.
Mr Hollobone was first elected in 2005 and has a majority of 9,094 votes, or just over 19 per cent.
Following her selection, Ms Keehn said: “It is a great honour to have been selected by local members to stand as their candidate in the 2015 General Election. It is a huge responsibility, but one that I am looking forward to.
“I was born and raised in the county, so what happens here matters to me. One of my top priorities will be to fight for greater investment in our high streets to stimulate our economy and create more jobs and opportunities for young people.”
Ms Keehn increased Labour’s share of the vote in the Delapre and Rushmere division at the Northamptonshire County Council election last year, finishing second behind Liberal Democrat Brendan Glynane.
She said her campaign ahead of the General Election would also be focused on protecting the NHS, and she added: “Under this Tory-led government, we’ve seen 4,000 nurses sacked, hospice services under threat and now A&E waiting times at a nine year high. Cameron has proven that he cannot be trusted with our NHS.
Kettering’s former Labour MP, Phil Sawford, said: “Rhea will be a fantastic parliamentary candidate for Kettering.
“She is a highly respected campaigner who will take the fight to the Conservatives in Kettering. Her experience of and passion for standing up for people will make her an excellent future MP for Kettering.”
John Padwick, Chair of Kettering Labour Party, said: “We are delighted that Rhea has been selected as the Labour Party Prospective Parliamentary candidate for Kettering and look forward to working with her in the fight for the Parliamentary seat in 2015.
“Rhea will make a great MP, and has the determination and spirit to stand up for the people of Kettering and the surrounding area in these difficult times.”