Bradshaw chosen to fight Exeter seat for fourth time
Ben Bradshaw has been re-selected as Labour's Exeter candidate for the next general election.
The former cabinet minister has been the city's MP for more than 16 years, having retained his seat three times since May 1997.
"I am honoured and delighted to have been chosen again to fight the next election in Exeter for Labour," Mr Bradshaw, who served as Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport from 2009 to 2010, said.
"We've achieved a lot in the city in recent years and I believe we can do even more in the future.
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"Working with Exeter's Labour council, the business community and others we have managed to keep the city's economy strong and growing and protect Exeter from the worst ravages of the global recession and this Government's austerity policies.
"But many people's household budgets and vital local services are under severe strain and we need to make sure that everyone benefits from the recovery, not just a few at the top."
Ollie Pearson, secretary of the Exeter Labour Party, said: "Ben's passionate belief in Labour values is matched by his dedication to the city of Exeter and his incredible energy representing constituents and campaigning for the party. Exeter has grown very positively over the last two decades.
"Led by a Labour city council, Exeter continues to be a beacon in the South West for Labour values of fairness and equality and our policies for social justice, the environment and sustainable economic growth.
"We look forward to campaigning with Ben at the next election, as we seek to return a Labour MP for Exeter."