Councillor Ross Houston to be Labour’s candidate for Finchley and Golders Green
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Councillor Ross Houston to be Labour’s candidate for Finchley and Golders Green

Councillor Ross Houston is to run against incumbent MP Mike Freer and the Lib Dems' Luciana Berger at next general election

Ross Houston, centre, with local Labour Party members after his selection
Ross Houston, centre, with local Labour Party members after his selection

A Barnet councillor has been selected as Labour’s prospective parliamentary candidate for the marginal seat of Finchley and Golders Green.

Councillor Ross Houston will run against incumbent MP Mike Freer and the Liberal Democrat candidate Luciana Berger at the next general election.

Houston, the deputy leader of the Barnet Labour Group, said he was “delighted to be selected by my local party to be Labour’s parliamentary candidate for Finchley and Golders Green.”

On Brexit, he accused his rival Freer of “betraying” his constituency, which predominantly backed Remain (68.9 percent). “I am a passionate Remainer and I am the only candidate in this race who is campaigning for a People’s Vote,” he claimed.

Labour’s previous candidate councillor Sara Conway stepped down last month, citing “personal matters” following an interview with Jewish News. 

Parliament will be asked on Monday evening to vote on Boris Johnson’s bid for an early general election on December 12. The PM requires a two-thirds’ majority.  Pro-Remain opposition parties have proposed a December 9 poll instead.

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