Labour has picked an ex professional rugby player to try to overturn the Tories’ 4,269 majority in Loughborough at the next General Election.
Stuart Brady from Radcliffe on Trent in Rushcliffe, Nottinghamshire, the neighbouring constituency to Loughborough, and is a father-of-one.
He beat four others to become Labour’s prospective parliamentary candidate.
He works for the Rope Walk Chambers in Nottingham, formerly worked in the European Parliament for Scottish Labour MEP David Martin, and played professional rugby union for Saracens.
After his selection on Saturday he said: “I’m humbled by the trust placed in me by the Loughborough Labour members.
“Loughborough and its surrounding areas badly needs a Labour government.
“I am delighted that I will be given the opportunity to lead our fantastic local party in making that happen.
“From local policing, and children’s centres, to Leicestershire’s NHS funding deficit, the effects of Tory austerity are being felt in this constituency.
“Homelessness is more visible
“Our vision of hope and an economic alternative is as powerful in Loughborough as it is across the country.
“At this time I would like to express solidarity with the 270 workers whose jobs are currently threatened at the Brush.
“We must do everything possible as a labour movement to keep those jobs in Loughborough.”