Mhairi aims for Westminster

March 29 2018
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LABOUR has selected a city councillor to contest the seat of Filton and Bradley Stoke at the next general election.

Mhairi Threlfall, who represents the Eastville ward on Bristol City Council and is cabinet member for transport, was chosen by members of Filton and Bradley Stoke Labour Party.

They are one of the first local parties in the country to select their prospective candidate for the election, which is not due to take place until 2022.

Conservative Jack Lopresti retained the seat in the 2017 election, although his majority was cut to about 4,000 from 10,000 in 2015.

The constituency, which includes Downend,  is now Labour’s 56th Conservative target seat and a must-win for them to form a majority government. 

Ms Threlfall was the party's candidate for Kingswood in the 2017 snap general election.

Originally from Scotland, she moved to Bristol more than a decade ago to study chemistry at University of Bristol. She then went on to work for the University of the West England as an enterprise educator in their employability service. 

Ms Threlfall said: "I am honoured to have been selected as Labour’s candidate for Filton and Bradley Stoke and am really looking forward to picking up from where Naomi, Labour’s candidate in 2017, left off. 

"I know the constituency very well having worked at UWE for nearly 10 years and look forward to meeting thousands of residents between now and the next general election."

Ms Threlfall has already been campaigning in the constituency and recently met with the GKN workers over the hostile takeover bid from Melrose.

She said: "The Melrose bid for GKN is very worrying. Filton’s extremely successful aerospace industry acts as an anchor for the regional economy, and is an excellent example of long term industry and government cooperation. Jeremy Corbyn has been consistently raising this issue in parliament, and I urge the government to use their powers under section 58 of the Enterprise Act 2002 to intervene on public interest grounds, including the impact on local jobs and our national security."

The election is scheduled to be on May 5, 2022 but can be held earlier if an early election motion is passed or if there is a vote of no confidence in the government.