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Labour secretary to stand against party in Stoke

The Labour Party secretary in Stoke-on-Trent has said he is going to stand as an independent candidate in the forthcoming general election.

Gary Elsby said he would stand against his party in protest at the selection of television historian Tristram Hunt as the city's Labour candidate.

Mr Elsby said it was also a protest that there were no local names on the party's nominations list.

He said the local party had not been allowed to compile a list of names.

"We want a view from Stoke-on-Trent, we want our view to go through to London, not their view imposed on us from outside," he said.

Retiring MP, Mark Fisher, won the seat with a majority of nearly 10,000 at the last general election.



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