Labour unveils its election candidate

Wigan's Labour candidate to fight the next general election was named last night.

She is the London-based policy advisor for the Children's Society charity, Lisa Nandy.

More than half of all members took part in the town's first ever all-postal hustings to elect Ms Nandy.

A Hammersmith and Fulham Labour councillor, Ms Nandy had emerged as favourite after a "head and shoulders best" performance at an earlier selection meeting, according to a Labour source.

The only local candidate to have entered the fray – Atherton Metro Cabinet member for education Coun Susan Loudon – came fourth. Former government immigration and asylum minister Barbara Roche was fifth.

Labour members in the Makerfield constituency, where sitting MP Ian McCartney has also announced he is standing down, will make its choice from a last six in Ashton on Saturday.

Ms Nandy, who was unavailable for comment last night, will be defending Neil Turner's 11,700 majority.

Full story in today's (Thursday) Wigan Evening Post ...