Labour has picked a Brighton councillor to be the party’s general election candidate in Lewes next month.
Daniel Chapman, who represents Queen’s Park on Brighton and Hove City Council, will try to win the seat from another former Brighton councillor, Maria Caulfield. She won the seat for the Conservatives in 2015 from the Liberal Democrat MP Norman Baker.
Councillor Chapman works as a policy research analyst for the NAHT (National Association of Head Teachers) in Haywards Heath.
On the council, he is the chairman of the Children, Young People and Skills Committee and has been chairing the review of school catchments. He is also a member of the Audit and Standards Committee.
Last time in Lewes the Labour candidate Lloyd Russell-Moyle came fourth with 5,000 votes – or almost 10 per cent – behind the UKIP candidate Ray Finch, a former Portslade factory worker. The seat is regarded as a Tory v Lib Dem contest.
Lloyd Russell-Moyle has since become one of Councillor Chapman’s colleagues on Brighton and Hove City Council and is standing against the Conservative MP Simon Kirby in the marginal Brighton Kemptown constituency.