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Holly Lynch selected as Labour candidate for Halifax

Labour members in Halifax have selected Halifax-born Holly Lynch as the party's candidate for the General Election.

Labour members in Halifax have selected Halifax-born Holly Lynch as the party's candidate for the General Election. Credit: Labour Party

Holly won a vote of members at a hustings held at the Three Ways Centre in Ovenden.

The selection came about after sitting MP Linda Riordan announced she would be standing down at the next election after 10 years as the town's MP.

She currently works for Yorkshire and Humber MEP Linda McAvan.

I'm delighted and immensely proud to have been selected to represent my home town. Linda has been a strong MP for Halifax and hers will be big shoes to fill, but I have the experience and the values to be the champion for Halifax in parliament that we need. My number one priority will be to fight for the future of services at Calderdale Royal Hospital, particularly the A&E department and maternity services which so many local people rely upon.

– Holly Lynch

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Senior Labour officials to select Bradford West candidate

Members of Labour Party's National Executive Committee will select their prospective parliamentary candidate in Bradford West, after the original representative stood down.

Amina Ali's was selected as the Labour candidate last weekend Credit: Twitter

Amina Ali announced her resignation citing family reasons yesterday.

New candidates have until Friday to register their interest in a seat with an all-women shortlist.

A panel of NEC members will interview the shortlisted candidates on Monday and make their decision.

Labour lost the seat to Respect’s George Galloway in a by-election in 2012.

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Lord Ahmed "very disappointed" at treatment

Lord Ahmed - who has resigned from the Labour Party - said he was "very disappointed" with the way he had been treated by Labour.

"I don't want to appear before any kangaroo court where the rules of justice have been denied. All I want is any evidence in front of me so I can look at it and defend myself. I can't defend myself if there is no evidence produced."

"I don't want my friends in the Labour to think that I have walked away but the rules of justice demand it. It's very unfortunate."

Lord Ahmed said he had "never been anti-semitic" and had "unreservedly apologised" for any offence caused to the Jewish community.

He added his "heart" is still with the Labour Party.

The Rotherham peer was due to face a hearing over allegations he made anti-Semitic comments in a TV interview.

Lord Ahmed resigns from Labour Party

Lord Ahmed

A Rotherham peer caught up in a race row has resigned from the Labour Party.

He handed in his resignation days before he was due to face a hearing over allegations that he made anti-Semitic comments in a TV interview.

Lord Ahmed was due to appear before Labour's ruling National Executive Committee on Wednesday to answer accusations that he blamed Jewish people for his dangerous driving jail term.

He insists he does not recall making the alleged comments, and his solicitor Stephen Smith said he would not be able to receive a "fair trial" from the Labour panel.

A Labour Party spokesman said: "I can confirm that he has resigned from the party."

Lord Ahmed was suspended from the party in March after reports he blamed his prison sentence in 2009 - for sending text messages shortly before his car was involved in a fatal crash - on pressure placed on the courts by Jews "who own newspapers and TV channels".

The Muslim peer allegedly told an Urdu-language broadcaster in Pakistan the judge who jailed him for 12 weeks was appointed to the High Court after helping a "Jewish colleague" of Tony Blair during an important case.

Mr Smith questioned the reliability of the evidence against Lord Ahmed, saying: "The evidence is flawed, in my view it is unreliable and yet they seem to be accepting it as right. In those circumstances I don't think he can get a fair trial."

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