Farnley & Wortley Labour councillor aims to stand for Parliament

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Mark Sewards with Leeds West MP and shadow chancellor Rachel Reeves.

Farnley and Wortley councillor Mark Sewards has thrown his hat in the ring to be the next Labour MP for the new Leeds South West and Morley constituency.

Councillor Sewards was first elected as a ward member for Farnley and Wortley in last year’s local elections.

Over the coming weeks, the Labour Party will select their parliamentary candidate to stand in the new constituency at the next general election. The constituency includes the Farnley and Wortley, Morley North, Morley South and Ardsley and Robin Hood wards.

In his pitch to local Labour Party members, Cllr Sewards said: “I grew up in Morley and I’m now raising my family in the new part of the constituency, Farnley and Wortley. I’m a teacher, a councillor and a proven election winner.

“I care so much about our area, and I am angry that the people I grew up with are being let down by a Conservative government that knows little and cares even less about the lives we lead here.

“As a teacher, I see first-hand how our young people are being held back by the Tories. Leeds South West and Morley deserves an MP who will fight to ensure that every child in every classroom in every school can fulfil their true potential.

“My combination of truly local roots, my understanding of the issues local people face, and my track record of representing and winning for people here will help to make me a candidate that people can put their trust in.

“This selection is about choosing a candidate who can take on the Tories and beat Andrea Jenkyns. I am that person. I’ve already led successful campaigns to win seats from an established opposition here in our constituency. I know that with your support, we can do the same at the General Election.”

As reported by WLD on Wednesday, the Boundary Commission for England has published its final recommendations for new constituency boundaries across the UK.

Leeds West as we know it will cease to exist and there will be a new constituency called Leeds West and Pudsey, covering the Leeds City Council electoral wards of Pudsey, Calverley & Farsley, Bramley & Stanningley and Armley.

Farnley & Wortley will move into the Leeds South West and Morley constituency. Kirkstall ward (which includes Burley) will move into a new Leeds Central and Headingley constituency, which would also include Little London & Woodhouse and Headingley & Hyde Park wards.

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