Two women on Labour shortlist for MacShane seat

Denis MacShane
Denis MacShane Credit: ITV Yorkshire

A shortlist of two women has been drawn up to replace disgraced Labour MP Denis MacShane. A former RAF wing commander and the head of a children's hospice have been chosen by the Labour party's executive.

A selection meeting will be held by local party officials in Rotherham to decide who will stand for Labour in the by-election on November 29.

Former Labour minister Mr MacShane quit as an MP earlier this month after he wrongfully claimed at least £7,500 in expenses.

The two women chosen by Labour's executive are Sophy Gardner, who had a 19-year career in the RAF, and Sarah Champion, who runs the Bluebell Wood children's hospice in South Yorkshire.

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