Jo Cox selected as Labour candidate for Batley and Spen

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The Labour party has selected charity campaigner Jo Cox to be their candidate for the next general election.

In February current MP Mike Wood said he would not seek another term, after serving for 17 years.

Batley-born Mrs Cox, who attended Heckmondwike Grammar School, was selected from an all-woman shortlist on Saturday.

Married mum-of-two Mrs Cox, who is national chairman of the Labour Women’s Network, is a former head of policy at Oxfam.

More recently she advised Sarah Brown, wife of former Prime Minister Gordon Brown, on her campaign to cut the number of mothers dying in childbirth in the developing world.

Mrs Cox said: “I am hugely proud and humbled to have been chosen to represent the party in the seat I was born in.

“I want to pay tribute to the fantastic work Mike Wood has done for so many years for the people of Batley and Spen. He will be a tough act to follow.”