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Karin Smyth to stand for Labour in Bristol South at next election

Karin Smyth
Image caption Karin Smyth currently works as a manager at South Bristol NHS

Labour activists have chosen a new candidate to replace Bristol South MP, Dawn Primorolo, who is to step down.

Karin Smyth, who joined the party in 1985, was chosen from a shortlist of three - the other contenders were Amanda Ramsay and Barbara Brown.

The meeting, which took place behind closed doors at Knowle's DGE school earlier, saw more than 140 votes cast.

As part of the Labour Party's policy to get more women into parliament men were excluded from the shortlisting process.

BBC West political reporter Paul Barltrop described the constituency of Bristol South as "Labour's safest seat in the South West".

"So the successful candidate is pretty much guaranteed a place in parliament for as long as she wants it," he said.

The married mother-of three works as a manager at the South Bristol NHS clinical commissioning group.

Speaking after the meeting Ms Smyth said she had come to ask the people of Bristol South Labour Party for their trust to send her to parliament in 2015.

"I've got it and I'm absolutely thrilled.

"Dawn has been a great local MP and I'm really excited about working for her over the next two years to go back to parliament for the next Labour government."

In November 2011 Ms Primorolo, who has held the seat since 1987, announced she would be stepping down at the next general election.

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