Labour chooses NHS worker as candidate for Wakefield by-election

Labour has chosen a NHS worker and member of the party’s national policy forum to fight the forthcoming Wakefield by-election.

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Labour has chosen a NHS worker and member of the party’s national policy forum to fight the forthcoming Wakefield by-election.

Simon Lightwood was selected from a shortlist of two after the entire executive committee of the local constituency party resigned in protest at the lack of a local candidate.

In a statement, Mr Lightwood said it was an honour to have been chosen and promised “to fight tooth and nail” for the city.
In a statement, Mr Lightwood said it was an honour to have been chosen and promised “to fight tooth and nail” for the city.

In a statement, Mr Lightwood said it was an honour to have been chosen and promised “to fight tooth and nail” for the city.

“Twenty years ago I joined the Labour Party here in Wakefield, and for 10 years I lived, studied and worked in this great city,” he said.

“We have a lot to be proud of in Wakefield, and a huge amount of strength and resilience in our communities.”

The by-election follows the resignation of ex-Conservative MP Imran Ahmad Khan after his conviction for sexually assaulting a boy.