IT IS a case of girl power as two women are battling it out to be named as Labour’s candidate to stand for the Nuneaton seat in the next general election.
After several rounds of hustings, it has been revealed that Vicky Fowler and Miriam O’Reilly are the last women standing in the race to be named as Labour’s parliamentary candidate.
Neither are strangers to the spotlight, Vicky Fowler became the youngest ever Nuneaton and Bedworth Borough councillor when she was elected as the Barpool ward representative two years ago ,aged just 20.
While Miriam O’Reilly, best known as a former presenter on the BBC One rural affairs show Countryfile, famously took on the BBC and successfully sued the corporation for age discrimination,and was named one of the nation’s most inspirational women for her efforts.
It has not yet been announced when the winner will be chosen, but it is expected to be sometime in the summer so that the candidate can begin their campaign in preparation for the general election.
It has not yet been confirmed if current MP, Conservative Marcus Jones has been re-selected to stand for the election, set to take place in May 2015, but an announcement is expected soon.
But his current Conservative colleague, Dan Byles MP has been re-selected for the North Warwickshire and Bedworth seat and, in a statement, he said: “It is a privilege to be re-selected as the Conservative candidate for North Warwickshire and Bedworth at the next general election. It was an honour in 2010 when local people decided that, after 18 years of the old Labour MP, it was time for fresh blood and I was elected as the local Member of Parliament. It has been an incredibly busy three years, and I’m looking forward to continuing to serve local people to the best of my ability in the years to come.”