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."