By Harriet Ernstsons Tuesday 29 October 2013 Updated: 29/10 17:10
A BROMSGROVE born and bred politician has been selected to take on Bromsgrove's MP Sajid Javid at the next general election.
Tom Ebbutt was announced today (Tuesday) as the Labour party choice to contest the seat, currently held by the Conservatives.
The 30-year-old former Cambridge University student, a councillor in the borough of Hackney, works for education charity Teaching Leaders. His mother works as a teaching assistant at Waseley Hills High School, which he attended, and his father is a leader at Lickey Scout Troop.
He said: "What happens in Bromsgrove matters to me. I know Bromsgrove like the back of my hand, it's part of me and that is why I care about what happens there.
"Locally I will be working incredibly closely with Labour councillors to deliver for local people in Bromsgrove. There is a strong chance that Labour will win enough councillors to take control of Bromsgrove District Council in 2015. I will be doing all I can to make that prospect a reality."
Coun Luke Mallett, leader of the Labour group on the district council, added: "Now that Labour members have selected Tom Ebbutt as our candidate for Bromsgrove, Sajid Javid and the Conservatives must be trembling in their boots. Tom Ebbutt is a formidable campaigner whose selection will have really worried the Conservatives.
"Tom Ebbutt has deep local roots that mean he will connect with the ordinary hardworking people of Bromsgrove.
"I look forward to working closely with Tom, campaigning for a Labour victory in both the general election and in the Bromsgrove District Council elections in 2015. With a top-notch local campaigner like Tom standing for Labour in Bromsgrove both are infinitely more likely prospects."
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