A former lorry driver’s daughter from East Yorkshire has been selected by the Conservative Party as its hope of ousting Ed Balls from the Morley and Outwood seat at the next general election.
Andrea Jenkyns, 39, a music teacher from Beverley, claimed Mr Balls had “let down” the people of West Yorkshire.
She will stand as the Tory candidate in one of the area’s most marginal seats - Mr Balls held Morley and Outwood with a majority of just over 1,000 votes in the 2010 general election.
The Conservatives have again identified the seat as one of their top targets next time round.
Miss Jenkyns, a Tory councillor in Lincolnshire, said: “I come from a regular working Yorkshire family, and know the difficulties of having to juggle a number of jobs and commitments to make ends meet.
“I will stand up for everyone in the constituency who has been let down by Ed Balls and Labour.”
The chairman of Morley and Outwood Conservatives, Simon Wilson, said: “This is one of the most marginal seats in the country and Andrea is a candidate who can take on Ed Balls and win.
“Born and bred in Yorkshire, she has lots of experience from a life outside of politics that will be invaluable in giving local people a real choice between an MP who listens to them or an MP who they only ever see in the local paper.”