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Monday 17 September 2012 Updated: 18/09 09:52
CITY councillor Dr Lynnette Kelly has been selected as the Labour Party’s Parliamentary candidate for Warwick and Leamington.
The mum of four has represented Henley ward since 2004 and is on the council's cabinet where she is responsible for economic development.
The general election is not scheduled to be until 2015 when she will go up against Conservative Chris White who beat longserving James Plaskitt in 2010.
"I am hugely honoured to have been selected, it is a huge responsibility, but one that I am looking forward to," she said.
Coun Kelly studied A Levels as a mature student at Henley College before doing a degree at Coventry University before studying for her PhD at Warwick University.
She received her doctorate in 2002 and is a former research fellow at Warwick University.
A spokesperson from West Midlands Labour added: "Dr Lynnette Kelly is one of Labour’s big hitters and rising stars in the region.
"She is highly regarded by all sections of the party. She will be a heavyweight candidate, demonstrating how seriously Labour takes winning back Warwick and Leamington at the next election."
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