Labour choose ex-soldier as candidate to replace disgraced Barnsley MP

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A FORMER soldier has been chosen as Labour’s candidate to replace disgraced MP Eric Illsley in Barnsley Central.

Dan Jarvis, a Parachute Regiment veteran of 15 years who worked as an assistant to a NATO commander in the Balkans, was selected by local party members at a meeting last night.

The 38-year-old, who not viewed as being among the front-runners for the seat, was chosen from a shortlist of four.

After his selection, he said: “Barnsley is a great community with a proud history and I’m honoured that local Labour party members have chosen me as their candidate for Barnsley Central.”

A by-election is taking place in the safe Labour seat after the resignation of Mr Illsley. The former NUM officer pleaded guilty to expenses fraud and is to be sentenced next month.