A REPLACEMENT for long-serving MP Mike Hall as Labour’s candidate for the Weaver Vale constituency will be announced on Friday, March 19.
Four candidates who have been shortlisted to fight the hotly contested seat in the forthcoming election will face a grilling at a Hustings meeting on Sunday in front of party members, followed by a postal vote.
Simon Greenhalgh, Labour Party regional communications officer, said: “I can’t comment on individual candidates at this stage.
“Some of them may want to go public, but others may not have notified their employers yet.”
The search began last month following Mike Hall’s shock announcement to stand down after 13 years, due to a chronic heart condition, effectively ending his political career.
He said: “They are from Ellesmere Port, Warrington and Runcorn, and the other’s family is local to Cheshire.
“It’s a very strong shortlist. They are all very capable people and it’s up to one of them to carry on and win Weaver Vale for Labour.
“They will inherit a diverse and challenging constituency. If there’s a national issue it will always impact somewhere in Weaver Vale. There’s lots for the new candidate to get their teeth into.
“But whoever it is should remember they have been elected to represent the whole of Weaver Vale, and their first priority should be to make sure that people who want their help can rely on it and to go that extra mile for them.
“There are lots of aspects to being an MP, but you’ve got to always make yourself readily available to constituents.”
Despite announcing he was stepping down at the election Mike still hard at work in the constituency.
“People are still, quite rightly, asking me for help,” he added. “I may not be able to see it through, but I can make a start. “I’ve had a fantastic team and we’ve tried to give a Rolls-Royce service. A number of people have been very complimentary about the work we’ve done and it’s nice people are able to say that.
“It wasn’t an easy decision, but now I’m quite relieved. This thing is chronic and unpleasant, but there’s a possibility that packing in work will give me a very good chance of recovery.
“At the moment, my only plans for the future are getting well and staying well.”