A councillor who made history in Hyndburn has been selected to contest the borough seat for the Greens at the forthcoming General Election.

Party chiefs have confirmed that Mohammed Fazal is their pick for the polls on July 4.

He secured the Central ward seat at the last Hyndburn Council elections on May 2, becoming the East Lancashire Green Party's first representative in the borough, defeating Labour, Conservative and Worker's Party candidates.

Cllr Fazal, a former head of Eden Boys School in Bolton, and an assistant director of Bolton Council's children's services department, was made an OBE for services to education last year.

Other candidates already declared for the constituency include Conservative Sara Britcliffe, who is defending a 2,951 majority from 2019, Labour's Sarah Smith, Matthew Britcliffe of the Workers Party of Britain, Richard Oakley for Reform UK, and Beth Waller-Slack for the Liberal Democrats.

Former Hyndburn MP Graham Jones was readmitted to the Labour Party earlier this week but was not selected to fight for the seat he held until 2019 after being removed as candidate during his suspension.