Northumberland County Councillor Scott Dickinson will contest the Berwick seat in next year’s General Election.
Local Labour party members backed him to take on coalition candidates as Labour moves to cement its campaign as ‘the only anti coalition party’ in the 2015 poll.
The county councillor for Druridge Bay has been chosen following a three-month selection process which focused on how a Labour government could tackle deep seated issues of low wages and cost of living.
Scott was brought up in north Northumberland and says Berwick blood “runs through his veins”. He described his selection as the “best birthday present” as he turns 30 this week.
He said: “The hard work starts now as we seek to make our case to the people of north Northumberland.
“They can be assured that I’m already working hard to make the case for extra resources to tackle long seated problems of low wages and rising prices in our area.
“I’ll be campaigning to build more affordable homes for local people, tackling local issues like the state of north Northumberland’s roads and pavements and I’ll be highlighting that only Labour are pledged to tackle sky rocketing energy costs with an 18 month energy price ‘freeze’.”
He added: “In north Northumberland residents have had Liberal representation since 1974 who have campaigned to dual the A1, yet four decades later there’s still no dualled A1 and wages are stagnating and prices are rising..”
Scott works with youngsters on the Hadston House Youth Project and chairs the county’s Health and Wellbeing Committee. His parents run a small business near Berwick.