The new Labour challenger for the Ribble Valley Parliamentary seat has been confirmed as Wilpshire man David Hinder.
The party has cited Mr Hinder’s experience of more than 30 years of campaigning for both the Labour and Co-operative parties.
A resident of the Ribble Valley since 2000, Mr Hinder is married with two children who attend local state schools.
With a working life spent mainly in the manufacturing industry plus banking and finance, Mr Hinder has always taken a keen interest in local issues.
Speaking to members of the Labour Party after his selection, he said: “People often need reminding that Labour came second in the Ribble Valley in the 2010 General Election and also finished ahead of the Lib Dems in the European elections last May.
“In Clitheroe and across the Ribble Valley the Tories are fearful of UKIP. The Lib Dems are a spent force, notable only for their silence as they continue to prop up the Conservative-led government. Only Labour offers a realistic option for change here in 2015.
“The Ribble Valley faces five more years of shrinking public services, a crumbling NHS and the consequences of planning chaos.
“Incredibly, the approved core strategy has put more pressure on local services by increasing the numbers of houses built until 2028.
“I look forward to meeting Ribble Valley residents in the coming months and discussing the issues that affect people from every walk of life and in every part of the constituency.”