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Bernie Sanders' brother chosen by Greens to fight for David Cameron's old seat

Larry Sanders grew up in New York and has lived in Oxford since 1969 Credit: PA

The Green Party have chosen Larry Sanders, the brother of former American Presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders, to run for David Cameron's old seat.

The former Prime Minister quit Parliament earlier this month triggering the Witney by-election, after his defeat at the European Union referendum.

Larry Sanders, 81, grew up in New York and has lived in Oxford since 1969 where he served as a local councillor and spent eight years as leader of the Oxfordshire County Council Green Group. He has credited his brother Bernie with providing most of his political education.

Speaking after his selection, Mr Sanders made a pledge to fight against privatisation of the NHS as a key part of his campaign as well as campaigning for proportional representation.

We need to show that we don't want Britain to be the most unequal country in Europe. We don't want unmet health needs to increase when we already have too few doctors, nurses, and hospital beds.

We don't want the Government to impose unworkable contracts on 50,000 precious doctors, when it is clear that the supposed reason for the contract, a seven day hospital service, can't be done at present funding.

This is a rich, capable and decent country. We can do better.

– Larry Sanders