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Anti-Hazel Blears campaigners choose candidate

Hazel Blears
Hazel Blears was last year urged to quit by campaigners in Salford

Campaigners have chosen their candidate to stand against Salford MP Hazel Blears at the general election.

David Henry, from Salford, won by a majority vote by members of the Hazel Must Go campaign on Thursday night.

The group came to prominence last year during the MP expenses scandal when it emerged the Labour MP avoided paying capital gains tax, which she repaid.

Mr Henry, co-chair of the Salford Youth Council, said he wanted to help rebuild a sense of community in the city.

Ms Blears has been MP for Salford since 1997 and successfully defeated a vote of no confidence from her local constituency party last year.

The campaign group is believed to number about 50 constituents who want her replaced by an independent candidate.

But Mr Henry will not stand under the name "Hazel Must Go", and is likely to be backed by a socialist coalition of trade unions.



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