The Labour Party has chosen its candidate for the newly created Pendle and Clitheroe constituency to fight at the next general election.

Currently, Andrew Stephenson is the MP for Pendle, and following The Boundary Commission’s review of constituency boundaries, the Burnley, Pendle and Ribble Valley seats have now changed.

Pendle now includes Clitheroe, Burnley now includes Brierfield, and the Ribble Valley is a new seat minus Clitheroe.

Labour has since selected Jonathan Hinder as its parliamentary candidate for the next general election, and he will go up against Andrew Stephenson who stands for the Conservative party.

The remaining political parties have yet to select their candidate.

Following a hustings and vote of local Labour Party members on Saturday November 11, Jonathan Hinder won a majority of votes cast.

Mr Hinder said: “I am thrilled to have been selected as the parliamentary candidate for Pendle and Clitheroe.

“I am proud to have been backed by so many Labour members, councillors, and trade unions. It shows that we have the movement to win here in Pendle and Clitheroe.

“The people of Pendle and Clitheroe deserve better than this government. After 13 years of the Tories, nothing in this country seems to work anymore.

"The Tories have broken Britain – and they have no plan to fix the deep-rooted issues our country faces.

“After five Tory Prime Ministers, we are left with mortgages, rents, food bills and energy costs out of control, longer hospital waiting lists and neighbourhood policing destroyed.

"Labour has a plan to help people through the cost of living crisis, tackle NHS waiting lists and ensure people feel safe on our streets.”

A Labour Party spokesperson added: "Jonathan grew up and lives in Clitheroe. He was a serving police inspector until last year, having spent a decade on the frontline of public service as a police officer. Jonathan is an outstanding choice for Pendle and Clitheroe."