Caitlin is Labour’s MP choice

Buxton’s Caitlin Bisknell has been selected as Labour’s parliamentary candidate for High Peak following a gruelling summer-long selection process.

Labour Party members from across the High Peak gathered together at a hustings event in Hayfield on Saturday to put the shortlisted candidates for the parliamentary selection to one final test before picking a new candidate.

Cllr Bisknell, High Peak Borough Council member for Stonebench and the current Leader of the Council, was announced as the High Peak Labour Party’s parliamentary candidate following a ballot of all party members in the constituency.

Speaking after the announcement, procedures secretary Cllr Anthony Mckeown said: “Our shortlisted candidates have been tested over the summer and following a vote of all local party members Cllr Caitlin Bisknell has been overwhelmingly selected as the High Peak Labour Party’s new candidate.”

Cllr Bisknell, who lost out to Conservative Andrew Bingham when she contested the seat in the May 2010 General Election, thanked party members for their support.

“I am delighted to have been selected – it’s a huge honour and privilege, but now the work really starts to make sure that we win back this seat for Labour at the next general election.

“The coalition government and their policies have caused a double- dip recession by cutting too far and too fast, with those cuts effecting local services.”

The process now has to be ratified by the Labour Party’s head office.