WINCHESTER Labour has announced its candidate for the next general election.

Twenty-six-year-old Hannah Dawson, from Whitchurch, will represent the party this year, against Conservative candidate Flick Drummond and Lib Dem Danny Chambers.

Ms Dawson was elected as policy officer for Winchester constituency Labour Party (CLP) in November 2022, and has also supported the CLP with its social media work.

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Hampshire Chronicle: Hannah DawsonHannah Dawson (Image: Winchester Labour)

Last year, she represented Winchester Constituency as one of its delegates to the Labour Party Conference, and to Labour Women’s Conference, in Liverpool. Ms Dawson has also stood as a candidate in local elections for the Worthy area in Winchester in 2023.

Ms Dawson is a former civil servant, who worked both at the Home Office and the Department for Levelling Up. She now works in communications and PR. Outside of work, she enjoys running and is a mentor for the I Have a Heart Scheme.

Ms Dawson said: “It is an honour and a privilege to have been selected as the parliamentary candidate for Labour in Winchester.

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“I’ve seen first-hand the devastating impact that nearly 14 years of Conservative government has had on our community in Winchester, and I am determined to play my part to deliver a Labour government which will help get Britain’s future back.” 

Peter Marsh, Chair of Winchester CLP, added: “On behalf of the 500 Labour members in Winchester I am delighted to announce Hannah’s selection as our parliamentary Labour candidate.

“Hannah is an excellent Labour candidate - with a strong track record of active campaigning against both Tory and Lib Dem cuts to local services in Winchester and Hampshire.”