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Rantzen meeting over MP decision

Esther Rantzen
Esther Rantzen visited Luton to guage public reaction

Television presenter Esther Rantzen is holding a public meeting in Luton to help make a final decision on whether to stand as an MP in the town.

Ms Rantzen, 68, pledged to contest the Luton South seat unless Labour MP Margaret Moran agreed to stand down amid revelations about MPs expenses.

Ms Moran later confirmed she would not stand in the next election.

The That's Life star is inviting people to the town's football club at 1900 BST to give them a say in her decision.

Ms Moran, who was first elected in 1997, agreed to stand down after claiming £22,500 for treating dry rot at her home in Southampton, 100 miles from her constituency.

She initially defended her expense claims but then agreed to repay the money.

Ms Rantzen, who lives in north London, said she wanted to give Luton locals the last say in the matter.

She said: "Anyone with strong views for or against my standing as an independent candidate can come and ask me questions and I will be asking their views about what they feel about me standing."

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