Sean Woodcock, leader of the Labour group on Cherwell District Council and currently Banbury Town Mayor, has been confirmed as the Labour Party’s candidate for the 2015 General Election.
Mr Woodcock was selected last Friday by the Banbury Constituency Labour Party, whose secretary Terry Davis – himself a former MP for 28 years – said: “Sean has been chosen as our candidate by an overwhelming majority of our members.
“As a local resident and leader of the Labour group on Cherwell District Council, he has already demonstrated his deep understanding of local issues.
“He is an excellent candidate and would be an excellent, full-time MP.”
Henry Goodman, chairman of Banbury Constituency Labour Party, said: “We had two very strong contenders and I congratulate Sean on his selection. I’m sure he will prove to be an excellent choice and would offer the electors of Banbury a positive alternative to our sitting MP, Sir Tony Baldry.”
Mr Woodcock said after theselection: ”I’m delighted and look forward to the challenges in the coming months and am hoping to provide a real alternative to the Conservatives in Banbury, Bicester and the north Oxfordshire villages.”
Mr Woodcock rejected calls by Banbury Tories last week to step down as Mayor, saying the campaign would not affect his ability to fulfil his mayoral duties. He pledged to remain impartial and apolitical as Mayor.