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Elections Vicar Steven Saxby to be Labour's hope in the City

VICAR and shop steward Steven Saxby has won the race to be Labour’s parliamentary candidate in a one-time Conservative heartland, Cities of London and Westminster.

The selection was hotly contested after the Conservative majority plummeted from 10,000 to 3,000 at last year’s general election, putting Labour within striking distance of victory.

Mr Saxby was one of several hopefuls from the Labour left and received backing from the Unite union, in which he represents faith workers.

He also leads London Churches Social Action, which unites churches engaged in charity and community work.

While the constituency contains Parliament and the financial district, working-class communities and significant pockets of deprivation stretch from Pimlico to Barbican.

Labour candidates recently made history by winning five seats on the City of London’s local authority.

Mr Saxby said he was “overwhelmed” by the support he had received and looked forward to “taking on the Tories.”

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