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Labour Party members in Stockton South have today (Saturday 6 July) selected Louise Baldock to be the Labour’s candidate at the next General Election.

Members made their choice after a hustings in Stockton today. Stockton South is one of Labour's key targets at the next General Election with the present Conservative MP defending a majority of just 332.

Louise Baldock, aged 47, was raised in Stockton, graduated from Teesside Polytechnic and started her working life in the area. She is currently a small business woman and Liverpool City Councillor. Her family still live in Stockton.

An experienced campaigner, she recently helped lead a nationwide grassroots campaign against the bedroom tax.

After the announcement, Louise Baldock said:

“I am delighted to have been chosen by friends and neighbours here in Stockton South to be their candidate. The communities of Stockton South constituency have given me and my family so much throughout my life. It is great to be given the opportunity to give something back.

“Many local families are really struggling because of the disastrous economic policies of this Tory-led government. Our public services have been cut and cut again because of their failure to bring growth and jobs. Over 500 families have been hit by the bedroom tax in Thornaby alone.

“This constituency needs an MP who will focus on the needs and priorities of Stockton South, not one who prioritises the needs of David Cameron and the Conservative Party.”

“The campaign starts now. I’ll be out knocking doors, from tomorrow morning right through to polling day to listen to local people and win back this seat for Labour.”

Nigel Cooke, Chair of Stockton South Constituency Labour Party said:

“I am delighted we have selected Louise. We had an exceptionally strong field of candidates to pick from and I’d like to thank everyone who took part. Louise is a formidable campaigner with strong local roots. We badly need an MP who will focus on local issues and put Stockton South first. I have no doubt that Louise will do this. We’re all looking forward to campaigning alongside her over the coming years to win the next election for Labour.”

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