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Thursday, 25 January, 2001, 00:31 GMT
Candidate quits over criminal charges

Labour's prospective parliamentary candidate for Colchester has stepped down because he is facing criminal charges.

Tim Young, 39, denies assaulting a police officer, dangerous driving, failing to stop after an accident, and failing to report an accident in Colchester on 30 November.

The case, which is likely to be sent to the crown court, has been adjourned until 9 March.

Speaking after a meeting of the constituency's general committee, Chris Lane, Labour East of England spokesman, said: "He was very emotional and upset indeed.


If he hadn't stepped down the meeting would have urged him to carry on

Chris Lane
Labour East of England spokesman
"He has put years of work into putting himself in a position where he stood a chance.

"He stepped down in the wider interests of the party.

"It was just impossible to carry on.

"If he hadn't stepped down the meeting would have urged him to carry on."

Mr Lane added that about 20 potential candidates were now expected to express interest in contesting the seat currently held by Liberal Democrat MP Bob Russell.

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