BASINGSTOKE Labour has announced the selection of its new Parliamentary candidate for the next general election.

Luke Murphy, who previously served as a political advisor for members of the Shadow Cabinet during Ed Miliband’s leadership, was selected by members of the party in a hustings meeting held on Tuesday, February 20.

Mr Murphy said: "It’s a privilege to be chosen as Labour’s parliamentary candidate for Basingstoke.

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"Knocking on doors and speaking to voters across Basingstoke it’s clear how much people feel let down by the Tories.

"Whether it’s long waits for GP appointments, crumbling public services, or families struggling to make ends meet, for too many it feels like nothing works and that Basingstoke has been neglected.

“After 19 years of Maria Miller and 14 years of Tory chaos and mismanagement, it’s time for change. Labour will get Basingstoke’s, and Britain’s, future back.”

As previously reported, David Lawrence resigned as Basingstoke Labour’s prospective parliamentary candidate on November 18 for ‘personal reasons’.

Rosalind Bach, Chair of Basingstoke Constituency Labour Party (CLP), said: “I’m delighted the members of Basingstoke Constituency Labour Party have selected Luke Murphy to be our Parliamentary Candidate.

“Basingstoke deserves better than the Tories. Luke will make a brilliant MP, putting the residents of Basingstoke first and bringing positive change to those living in our wonderful town and surrounding areas.”