A LONG-TIME Labour activist and advisor to Lord Alan Sugar has been selected as the party’s candidate for Hastings and Rye.
Sarah Owen was chosen on Wednesday to lead Labour’s fight to win back control of the parliamentary seat from Tory MP Amber Rudd, who trounced Michael Foster at the General Election in May last year.
She said: “I’m proud to be selected to build on the work started by Michael and Labour in Hastings and Rye.
“Right now people feel let down by this Government and I will offer a positive alternative and a genuine commitment to people.”
Sarah is currently political advisor to Lord Sugar, and is helping develop Labour’s national small business policy.
In the past, she has worked in health care for the NHS, for the London Fire Brigade in its emergency planning department, and as a political assistant at Brighton and Hove City Council.
Mr Foster said: “I was delighted to be the first ever Labour MP in Hastings and Rye, and I’m delighted that we’re now on course for our first woman Labour MP.
“Sarah will be a real match for Amber Rudd, and I look forward to some exciting local campaigning in the months and years ahead.”
Malcolm Powers, Labour South East’s regional director, said: “Winning back Labour support in the south in places like Hastings and Rye is a big part of winning our way back into Government.
“With Sarah Owen, local people have a strong and talented Labour candidate ready to take the fight to David Cameron’s Tories.”
The count to select the party’s candidate for Hastings and Rye was due to take place more than three weeks ago but was delayed because of postal voting problems.
Ms Rudd said: “It will be nice to have a new voice in Hastings and Rye for people on behalf of Labour.”