Labour pick their man to run for Sheffield Hallam

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Local lad Oliver Coppard has been selected to fight for Nick Clegg’s Sheffield Hallam seat at the next election.

Sheffield Hallam Labour Party chose the 32-year-old to be its candidate for the constituency, which has been a Liberal Democrats majority since 1997, at a hustings last night.

Mr Coppard, who was born and brought up in Sheffield Hallam, has previously worked advising Labour MPs and at the US Congress working for the leader of the Democratic Party. He currently leads the Dearne Valley Eco Vision project developing a low-carbon economy in ex-mining communities.

Oliver said: “I’m proud and humbled to have been selected as the candidate for my home constituency.

“This is about going out into the constituency and talking to people about the issues that matter here in Hallam.”

-Read tomorrow’s Star for an interview with Mr Coppard.