04:14PM, Friday 05 May 2017
Royal Borough councillor Jack Rankin has confirmed he will be standing to become an MP in the forthcoming General Election in Ashton-under-Lyne.
The Conservative councillor for Castle Without faces a tough battle to unseat Labour candidate Angela Rayner, who won the seat with a 10,756 majority in 2015.
The councillor said: "I was fortunate to be selected and I'm delighted.
"I was born there, it was where I went to school and spent the first 21 years of my life, so it's an area I know well."
Cllr Rankin will be travelling up north to begin his campaign tomorrow (Saturday) and he was looking forward to begin his campaign.
He added: "I will continue with my council commitments during the campaign."
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