Labour members in the key marginal parliamentary seat of Pudsey have selected Jamie Hanley as their candidate to contest the next general election.
Jamie, who stood for the seat in 2010, has lived in the Pudsey constituency almost his whole life. Having lived in Farsley, Rawdon and Calverley, he now lives in Horsforth with his wife Gemma and two boys. After leaving school in Pudsey he went on to study law at Hull University, and since then has enjoyed a distinguished career as a solicitor specialising in representing working people, and dealing with tough social, legal and welfare problems for local people. He has run national campaigns to support the plight of asbestos victims.
After winning the support of members at a hustings in Rawdon on Sunday morning, Jamie Hanley said:
"I'm excited and deeply proud to have been selected to stand for Labour in my home constituency.
"We have big issues in this constituency which need a stronger local advocate standing up for our interests in parliament than the current MP.
"We badly need a solution to the primary school places crisis caused by this government's dithering; proper consideration for our creaking infrastructure before allowing the building of hundreds of new homes; and perhaps most of all, action to combat the crippling cost of living crisis.
"The average wage across the Pudsey constituency has dropped a staggering £1,700 in real terms since David Cameron took office. In 2015 people here will be demanding to know why the Tory-led government did nothing to help them make ends meet, yet slashed taxes for millionaires."