The name of Labour party’s candidate for the race for High Wycombe parliamentary seat was revealed today.

Following hustings on Saturday, the Wycombe Labour Party announced Emma Reynolds, a former MP and Shadow Cabinet Minister, as its next candidate.

The Wycombe seat is a so-called ‘Blue Wall’ area, which has had a Conservative MP since 1951, currently held by Steve Baker MP.

If elected, Ms Reynolds would become Wycombe's first female MP since 1923.

Ms Reynolds said: "I am delighted that local Labour Party members have selected me as their prospective parliamentary candidate.

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“Having served previously as an MP for nearly a decade and a Shadow Cabinet Minister, I bring the energy, skills and experience to take on Steve Baker at the next election.”

The former MP for Wolverhampton North East from 2010 to 2019 said local people were left to face “falling living standards, soaring food and energy prices and our NHS on its knees” by the Conservative government.

She added: “Only a Labour government will put our public finances back on a sustainable footing and invest in our public services.

"My priorities are for all schools in Wycombe to get the investment they need, additional staff and investment in our local NHS including solving the problems at Wycombe hospital, and helping local people with the cost of living.

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“Tackling climate change is also one of my top priorities. It is a moral imperative and Labour's plan to insulate people's homes will also help with their fuel bills."

Currently Ms Reynolds works as the managing director of public affairs, policy and research at the financial lobby group TheCityUK.