Labour selects candidate to face Tim Loughton at next general election

Labour has selected its candidate to contest East Worthing and Shoreham at the next general election.

Tuesday, 18th September 2018, 1:09 pm
Updated Tuesday, 18th September 2018, 1:13 pm
Lavinia O'Connor, (front centre) celebrating Labour gains in Adur and Worthing in May's local elections, has been selected as her party's general election candidate for East Worthing and Shoreham

Lavinia O’Connor, who represents Southlands at Adur District Council, was selected by the members of the local Constituency Labour Party (CLP) at the weekend.

Conservative Tim Loughton has represented the constituency since 1997.

Labour candidate Sophie Cook reduced his majority from almost 15,000 votes to nearer 5,000 at last year’s general election.

However Mr Loughton’s share of the vote remained similar compared to 2015.

Reacting to her selection as a prospective parliamentary candidate on Twitter, Ms O’Connor, who is chair of the CLP, said: “On this Socialist Sunday I want to thank all those who supported and selected me to be our candidate for East Worthing and Shoreham.

“It was a well-run contest and I was privileged to be alongside such wonderful, committed women candidates. People desperately want change.

“This was reflected on the massive turnout at the hustings yesterday. The work begins now in preparation for the next general election. Let’s campaign together to beat the Tories, get JC [Jeremy Corbyn] into no 10 and bring our socialists manifesto to life.”