The Labour Party has chosen its candidate for Wokingham in the general election on July 4.

Wokingham Labour Party said that Monica Hamidi – a councillor in west London – would be ‘the change Wokingham needs’ in a post on X, formerly Twitter.

In a statement, Monica Hamidi said:  “I am delighted to have been selected as the Labour’s candidate for Wokingham. For too long we have been ignored and let down by the Tory Government.

“I promise as your local voice to stand up for our communities, to fight for what is right and be part of delivering the change this country needs.

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“I came into politics to change people’s lives for the better – and that means changing the government. The choice is between a Labour government or more of the same under the Conservatives.

“As a councillor and as a caseworker for a member of Parliament I have seen at first hand the hardship the years of Tory chaos have inflicted on our people and our country. Only Labour can bring the change we need”.

Monica Hamidi is currently a councillor in the west London borough of Ealing, where she has represented the Hanwell constituency since May 2022.

She will stand against current Conservative MP John Redwood and Liberal Democrat candidate Clive Jones, who is a former leader of Wokingham Borough Council.

The Electoral Calculus website – which predicts election results based on national polls and local demographics – predicts the Conservatives will hold onto Wokingham. It predicts Labour will come second with 29 per cent of the vote.

But Labour’s chair in Wokingham has previously argued that people unhappy with the Conservative government might look to the party to remove John Redwood.

And the number of Labour Party councillors on Wokingham Borough Council increased from five councillors to eight at the recent local elections on May 2.

Speaking in April, Andy Croy told the News: “Most people think we’re going to be the next government and they’re looking at their local parties with a more favourable eye and where they see candidates who are doing stuff, the change in the national picture has affected how people see us locally.”

But Liberal Democrat candidate Clive Jones has said he is the frontrunner to unseat Redwood. It comes after the Liberal Democrats took control of Wokingham Borough Council from the Conservatives in 2022 and increased their majority earlier this month to 27.

He said: “It’s time for change. I will be a full-time, hard-working MP who will stand up for the issues that matter to residents and who will fight for a fair deal for the people of Wokingham.”

Prime minister Rishi Sunak said the Labour Party had ‘no plan’ for government as he called the election in a speech on May 22.

He said: “There is no bold action. And as a result, the future can only be uncertain with them.”

John Redwood and Wokingham Labour Party have been contacted for comment. The News will be speaking to candidates from all parties standing in this general election.