TWO borough councillors will go head to head in the race to be the next South Shields MP.
The Labour Executive Committee met this afternoon in London to interview a ‘longlist’ of candidates bidding to replace the outgoing David Milliband.
And a Labour source has revealed there are four names that will not go forward to be considered as the party’s candidate in the upcoming by-election.
Those names include Horsley Hill councillor Mark Walsh - who with strong backing can be classed as a red-hot favourite to take the seat and Jarrow councillor Emma Lewell-Buck.
The other candidates are Labour party activist Lewis Atkinson and Paul Williams, who is thought to be a GP from Stockton-on-Tees.
They will now face a panel of South Shields Labour Party members at the town’s Customs House on Wednesday night.
Each prospective MP will speak for five minutes at the Mill Dam venue, before facing questions from the floor.
A secret ballot will then be held before a winner is announced that night.
The successful candidate will then represent Labour in the by-election for the seat, expected to be held in early May.
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