VIDEO: Yorkshire Party reveals General Election candidate for Rotherham

Have your say

Mick Bower will try to win the Rotherham parliamentary seat for the Yorkshire Party.

Mr Bower, who was born in the town, is a former teacher who has also worked in sports journalism and road safety.

Mick Bower

Mick Bower

He stood for election to Rotherham Council in May last year for the party then known as Yorkshire First, beating a Labour candidate but ultimately failing to win a seat in the Sitwell ward.

Mr Bower is on the steering group of the Yorkshire Party, which calls for a Yorkshire Assembly so decisions affecting the region can be made locally.

Read more:

General Election 2017: Who's standing in South Yorkshire?

He said: "For decades, Labour have taken the people of Rotherham for granted and given them nothing in return. Our town's lost its soul. It's time for action."

“We can make Rotherham a place to be proud of again- an example to be followed by others. It will take the same guts and determination of the strong men and women who built this town. I'm ready for the challenge."

Mr Bower will attempt to unseat Labour's Sarah Champion.

Today’s top stories:

VIDEO: Sheffield shocked as quick "snow blizzard" hits city last night

Sheffield's first cat café is looking for new staff - including CAT HANDLERS

Lives put at risk by car driven wrong way along South Yorkshire motorway during police chase

Thief branded 'the lowest of the low' for stealing from cancer hospital in Sheffield

Woman injured in hit-and-run outside Sheffield pub

E4's Tattoo Fixers looking for ink disasters in South Yorkshire

Sheffield United: Ched Evans says goodbye as he nears a sensational return to Bramall Lane

Sheffield Wednesday: It is hard for Owls boss Carlos Carvalhal to select his matchday squad, says coach Lee Bullen

Sheffield title-hunting boxer warned not to under-estimate his African opponent

Download The Star's mobile app now for FREE