Members of the Labour Party have selected their candidate for the new Earley and Woodley MP seat.

Four competitors put their hats in the ring to become the parliamentary candidate for the new seat, which also covers Shinfield,

Yuan Yang, a Financial Times journalist and social campaigner was selected at a party meeting held on the third weekend of December.

She said: “This weekend I was selected as the Labour Party’s parliamentary candidate for our new constituency of Earley and Woodley, my family home. It’s the honour of my life to stand in the next general election to build a greener, fairer future for us all.

“It’s been an incredible honour to have worked at the Financial Times for the past eight years.

“I’ve been on leave for the duration of the selection campaign, and now I’ve stepped down to campaign full-time for our new constituency.”

Reading Chronicle: Yuan Yang Labour party MP candidate for Earley Woodley. Credit: Yang Labour party MP candidate for Earley Woodley. Credit:

Ms Yang then called for residents to chat, volunteer, or follow her campaign on her website.

She beat out councillor Rachel Eden (Labour, Whitley), Hanif Khan, a member of the Pakistani community and former Harrow councillor, and Annie Gallop, a Lambeth Borough councillor to become the candidate.

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Ms Yang will now face cllr Pauline Jorgensen, the Conservative candidate.

Cllr Jorgensen is the leader of the opposition on Wokingham Borough Council and a representative for Hillside in Lower Earley.

The Liberal Democrats have not selected their candidate for the new parliamentary seat yet, but are expected to do so in the New Year.