General Election 2017: Labour’s Sharon Taylor to take on Stephen McPartland in third battle for Stevenage seat

PUBLISHED: 19:09 02 May 2017 | UPDATED: 09:43 03 May 2017

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Stevenage Borough Council leader Sharon Taylor will bid to become the town’s MP at the General Election on June 8 after being selected as Labour Party candidate for the constituency.

The Stevenage resident and stalwart Labour politician is running for the third time having been beaten by incumbent Conservative MP Stephen McPartland in both the 2010 and 2015 elections.

There had been much speculation as to whether Ms Taylor would contest the seat again, but she tweeted this evening: “Its a huge honour and a privilege, not to say very humbling, to be selected as the @UKLabour candidate for my home town of Stevenage.”

Candidates for the other major parties are yet to be announced.

At the 2015 election Mr McPartland took the seat with 21,291 votes, a majority of 4,955 over Ms Taylor who polled 16,336.

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