BLUEBELL Wood chief executive Sarah Champion has been selected as Labour’s candidate for the by-election to replace disgraced MP Denis MacShane.
The boss of the Dinnington-based children’s hospice was chosen ahead of the other woman on the shortlist, ex-Royal Air Force Wing Commander Sophy Gardner, at a stormy Rotherham Labour Party selection.
A section of those present walked out in protest at the fact that local favourite Mahroof Hussain had not been shortlisted.
Sarah Champion said: “I'm proud to have been chosen to be the Labour Party candidate to become Rotherham's next MP.
“I promise I'll always put Rotherham first and be a strong voice for the fantastic people of this town, standing up for them against this utterly out of touch Tory-led government.
“It's not fair that working families and pensioners in Rotherham are being hit hard while at the same Cameron and Osborne are dishing out a huge tax cut for millionaires.
“With my work at the Bluebell Wood Children's Hospice I've worked with many people from across Rotherham.
“Our next MP needs to be someone who will fight for a fairer deal - a fair deal on energy prices, no unfair hike in fuel duty, and someone who can help bring jobs and investment to this town.”