Female S Tyne councillor wins Labour nomination

ELECTION BATTLE ... Emma Lewell-Buck.
ELECTION BATTLE ... Emma Lewell-Buck.

A SOUTH Tyneside councillor could become South Shields’ first female MP after winning the Labour nomination tonight.

Coun Emma Lewell-Buck has been named as the party’s prospective Parliamentary candidate for the forthcoming by-election.

The 34-year-old, who represents the Primorose ward in Jarrow, won the nomination after a second ballot as party members met at South Shields Customs House.

It came on a night of political drama as the man many had tipped as favourite, Coun Mark Walsh, pulled out ahead of the vote, citing “personal and family reasons”.

For more on this story, don’t miss Thursday’s Shields Gazette.