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Harry Harpham's widow to contest his seat in by-election

The widow of Labour MP Harry Harpham has been selected as Labour's candidate for the Brightside & Hillsborough by-election.

Credit: Gill Furniss

Gill Furniss was the overwhelming choice of members of the Sheffield Brightside and Hillsborough Labour Party at a hustings held at the Parkwood Academy in the constituency tonight.

The daughter of a steel worker, Ms Furniss is Sheffield born and bred, and is a former librarian and Northern General Hospital worker.

She has served as a councillor in the constituency for more than 16 years.

The by-election comes after Mr Harpham lost his battle with cancer last month.

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Labour leadership hopefuls set for hustings event

Yvette Cooper

MPs vying for leadership of the Labour Party, including two from Yorkshire, will take part in a hustings event at the general trade union conference today.

Mary Creagh Credit: Press Association

Wakefield MP Mary Creagh and Yvette Cooper, the MP for Normanton, Pontefract and Castleford will speak at the GMB Congress in Dublin.

Andy Burnham and Liz Kendall are the other candidates.

Memorial service for Lord Mason of Barnsley

A special memorial service will be held today to celebrate the life of former Barnsley MP Roy Mason.

Lord Mason died at the age of 91 Credit: Press Association

The veteran Labour MP represented his home town for 30 years at Westminster and was also appointed Northern Ireland Secretary in the 70s.

He was created a life peer in 1987 and died in April this year after a long illness.

Hull MP backs Yvette Cooper's Labour leadership bid

Labour's Diana Johnson has pledged her support to fellow Yorkshire MP Yvette Cooper in the party's leadership contest.

Diana Johnson Credit: Press Association

The Hull North MP says that she believes Ms Cooper 'will do politics differently' and reach out to 'all parts of the UK'.

Wakefield MP Mary Creagh and Liz Kendall are the two other women in the contest. However, shadow health secretary Andy Burnham is the bookies' favourite to take over.

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