Labour members in the key marginal parliamentary seat of Elmet & Rothwell have selected Veronica King as their candidate to contest the next general election.
Veronica was born in Leeds, the daughter of two teachers. She has over a decade of experience of delivering successful campaigns inside and outside of politics. She led the Daycare Trust's national campaign to save Sure Start children's centres in the face of Tory cuts, and currently works for the Alzheimer's Society defending millions of people affected by dementia. She got married in Leeds in May this year.
After being chosen as the candidate for Elmet & Rothwell at a hustings in Allerton Bywater on Sunday evening, Veronica King said:
"I'm proud and humbled to have been selected as Labour's candidate for this fabulous constituency.
"We deserve better here than the out of touch right wing MP we have currently. People here gave the Tories a chance in 2010, and Labour's had to learn the lessons from that defeat. But more than three years on, the verdict is in - falling living standards, soaring prices for everyday commodities, a youth unemployment crisis, the most vulnerable in society punished so that millionaires can enjoy a huge tax cut.
"Elmet & Rothwell's residents need and deserve an MP who is on their side. If I'm elected I'll always do what's best for my constituents, not what's right for Westminster. Between now and the election I'll get out across the constituency to meet as many voters as I possibly can to listen to their concerns and seek their trust and support."