Tyne & Wear

Emma Lewell-Buck to fight South Shields seat for Labour

Emma Lewell-Buck
Emma Lewell-Buck said South Shields needed an MP who would stand up for the town

Labour Party members in South Shields have chosen their candidate for the by-election triggered by former foreign secretary David Miliband's resignation.

South Tyneside councillor Emma Lewell-Buck, 34, will contest the seat.

Mrs Lewell-Buck, a social worker, said she was "incredibly passionate" about the area.

Karen Allen will stand for the Conservatives, Hugh Annand for the Liberal Democrats, and Richard Elvin is the UK Independence Party candidate.

TV comic Simon Brodkin will stand for Lee Nelson's Well Good Party, named after the eponymous character created for his BBC3 series.

Nominations are due to close at 16:00 BST, 19 April.

Mr Miliband announced last month he was standing down to take up a role with the International Rescue Committee in New York.

Soon afterwards he resigned from his position on the board of Sunderland Football Club in protest at the "past political statements" of new head coach Paolo Di Canio.

Labour said Mrs Lewell-Buck was a direct descendant of William Wouldhave, considered by some to be the inventor of the lifeboat.

Mr Annand has a background in manufacturing and is the great-grandson of a former editor of the Shields Gazette.

Mr Elvin is the chairman of UKIP's North East regional committee.

Labour has held the seat since 1935. A date for the poll has not yet been set.

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