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Richard Burgon selected as Labour candidate for Leeds East


Labour members in Leeds East have selected Richard Burgon to be the party's candidate for the consituency at the next general election.

The selection process, which came about after long-standing MP George Mudie announced his intention to retire at the end of this parliament, saw Burgon and three other shortlisted candidates taking part in a hustings attended by members in the constituency on Saturday.

The nephew of former Elmet MP Colin Burgon, Richard was born in east Leeds where he still lives. He is a successful trade union lawyer, and well-known local community activist.

Speaking after the selection, Richard Burgon said:

"I'm immensely proud to have been selected by local members to be Labour's candidate in my home seat.

"I want to pay tribute to George Mudie, who has been a fantastic advocate for East Leeds in his many years in parliament - he will be a tough act to follow.

"People in East Leeds need a strong voice to stand up to this out of touch Tory-led government.

"I don't take a single vote for granted - I will work hard between now and the next election to win the trust and support of voters across this constituency.

"We need another Labour MP here and we need a Labour government after the next election to take on vested interests and tackle the cost-of-living crisis."

"I'll be campaigning on important issues including the scourge of unemployment and low pay and the attacks on our public services and NHS."

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