FORMER junior education minister Stephen Twigg has been selected to contest the safe seat of Liverpool West Derby as a Labour/Co-op candidate at the next general election after the constituency party voted to ditch sitting MP Bob Wareing.
Mr Wareing, 77, who first entered Parliament in 1983 resigned from the Labour Party in protest at the decision and now plans to contest the election as an independent.
He told the Liverpool Echo newspaper: “The party I joined 60 years ago is not the same party I have now resigned from. I will not stand by and let the people of West Derby be taken over by the New Labour mafia.”
The veteran left-winger says he has been ditched for being a constant thorn in the side of the Labour Government, but Merseyside Labour sources say it was a democratic choice and the local party felt they wanted a fresh face to represent the constituency.
Full details in the News, published October 2nd.