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Son of Sinn Fein man will stand for Labour in St Helens North

The son of a former Sinn Fein politician has been selected to stand as a Labour candidate in England in the forthcoming general election.

Bessbrook-born Conor McGinn works as a senior adviser to former shadow Secretary of State Vernon Coaker.

He is the son of former Newry Sinn Fein councillor Pat McGinn.

Mr McGinn will stand in the relatively safe Labour seat of St Helens North in Merseyside.

He has long been a party high-flyer and was among the youngest-ever council candidates at the age of 21. A married man with one son, he tweeted yesterday that he was "honoured to be Labour's new candidate".

For more than three years, Mr McGinn has represented the 21 affiliated socialist societies on Labour's National Executive Committee.

Belfast Telegraph