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Ex-GMTV reporter Gloria De Piero is Labour candidate

Gloria De Piero
Ms De Piero will be the Labour Party's candidate at the general election.

The former GMTV journalist Gloria De Piero is to be the Labour Party candidate in Ashfield.

The ex-TV political editor won a postal ballot of local members in the Nottinghamshire constituency to replace former Defence Secretary Geoff Hoon.

"I will live in the constituency and listen to the voters of Ashfield to ensure my priorities are their priorities," Ms De Piero said.

Lib Dem candidate is Jason Zadronzy and Garry Hickton is the Conservatives'.

Ms De Piero won the candidacy in the first round ballot.

'Taken for granted'

She will be defending a Labour majority of almost 10,000 at the general election.

The Lib Dems have already criticised her selection.

The party's head of campaigns in the East Midlands Stuart Bray said many people in Ashfield will be "angry and disappointed" that Labour has picked an outsider.

"Once again Labour have shown they have taken Ashfield for granted.

"Ms De Piero was born in Bradford and lives in London. She cannot pretend to understand the issues that Ashfield faces, " added Mr Bray.

Mr Zadronzy, a local county councillor, says he was born and brought up in the constituency.

While Mr Hickton is employed by the Co-operative Group and has held various managerial positions within the company.

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