CHRIS Oxlade has this afternoon been selected as Labour's candidate to stand in Crawley at the next General Election.
Mr Oxlade, a county and borough councillor, will be battling Henry Smith for the seat for the second time.
At the last election Conservative Mr Smith took the seat but the next election looks set to be a closer fight.
Within the last few minutes, Mr Oxlade has Tweeted: "I (am) proud and honoured to be Labour's prospective Parliamentary candidate for Crawley."
Among the candidates he fought off was fellow Labour councillor Michael Jones.
The other candidates were Mark Latham, Sean McKee and Sohail Munawar.
Mr Oxlade stood at the last election after a last-minute decision by longstanding Labour MP Laura Moffatt to stand down.
The borough councillor for Ifield and county councillor for Bewbush and Ifield West, is also a freelance DJ.
Speaking after he made the shortlist of candidates, he had told the Crawley News: “Last time in 2010 I had just a few weeks to run for Parliament.
“Whoever gets chosen this time will have a good run at exposing the terrible cuts of the Tory-Lib Dem coalition.
“Supporting young people and also the older members of our community who have worked all their lives is
something I care passionately about.
“We need a proper apprenticeship scheme in place rather than the slave labour offerings currently in place.
“There is currently no training or skill giving, it is just take, take, take.
“We need to make sure people on these schemes have a really good chance at a successful career.”
*For more on this story see this week's Crawley News.