SITTING MP Kate Hollern has been selected as Labour's candidate for Blackburn at the next General Election.

Every ward endorsed her to stand in the constituency when Prime Minister Boris Johnson goes to the country.

Blackburn Labour Party chairman Cllr Damian Talbot announced her reselection this afternoon.

Her opponents will include businessman Rick Moore for the Brexit Party and nurse Claire Gill for the Conservatives.

Cllr Talbot said: "Blackburn Labour Party is pleased to announce the re-selection of sitting MP Kate Hollern as its candidate for the next General Election.

"Following a trigger ballot process Kate received the support of every ward.

"Members taking part in the selection commented on Kate’s dedication, good attendance in Parliament, and availability in the constituency."

Mrs Hollern had a majority of 20,368 over Conservative candidate Bob Eastwood at the 2017 General Election, with her vote share increasing by 13,.5 per cent on the 2015 poll to 33,148

She said: "I am honoured to have been reselected by the members of Blackburn Labour Party.

"I have worked tirelessly for the town and I hope that the voters will once again elect me at the next General Election (whenever that may be) to enable me to continue my work in combatting the austerity policies of the Conservatives."

Blackburn has had three Labour MPs since 1955 - Barbara Castle, Jack Straw and Mrs Hollern.