Names emerge in contest to be Labour candidate in Barnsley East

Yorkshire MEP Linda McAvan has emerged as a possible Labour candidate in Barnsley East
Yorkshire MEP Linda McAvan has emerged as a possible Labour candidate in Barnsley East
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A Yorkshire MEP and a trade union official have emerged as the possible candidates to stand for Labour in the Barnsley East constituency where current MP Michael Dugher is standing down.

Labour sources have suggested Linda McAvan and Steph Peacock are interested in being the candidate.

Ms McAvan has represented Yorkshire in the European Parliament since 1998 and is currently chairman of its international development committee.

Ms Peacock is the GMB union’s political officer in the West Midlands and was Labour’s candidate in the Halesowen constituency in the 2015 election.

Mr Dugher successfully defended the seat in 2015 with a majority of more than 12,000 votes.

He announced last week he would not be contesting it again at the coming election, having represented the area since 2010.

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