Labour to select candidate to take on Peter Bone in General Election

James Ashton
James Ashton
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Wellingborough’s Labour Party will soon decide on its Parliamentary candidate to fight the 2015 General Election.

Their chosen candidate will take on Conservative MP Peter Bone for the chance to represent Wellingborough and Rushden.

Richard Garvie

Richard Garvie

Former county councillor James Ashton is one of those in the running. Mr Ashton, a former member of the Liberal Democrats, is hoping to become one of a small number of former Lib Dems to represent the Labour Party in Westminster.

The other shortlisted candidate is county health campaigner and former broadcaster and regeneration consultant Richard Garvie, who lives in Kettering.

Mr Garvie recently contested a council by-election for the Labour Party in Desborough, but lost to the Conservatives.

Members of the Labour Party will meet on Sunday to decide which candidate will be selected to represent the party in 2015, with a decision expected by 5pm.

Note: a previous version of this story may have wrongly implied Mr Ashton is a former Liberal Democrat councillor. We are happy to make clear that Mr Ashton left the Liberal Democrats in 1994 and has been a member of the Labour Party since May 1995.