Young Prescott to stand against Shadow Home Secretary Yvette Cooper in Normanton

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Rookie politician Beth Prescott has been selected as the Conservative Party’s general election candidate for Normanton, Pontefract and Castleford.

The 22-year-old will be up against Labour’s Yvette Cooper, who is the shadow home secretary and has a 10,000 majority.

The Tories, who formed a coalition government with the Liberal Democrats in 2010, hope to win seats from Labour in the vote on May 7.

Normanton, Pontefract and Castleford candidate Miss Prescott said she hoped her selection would encourage young people to vote in the election.

She said: “I will offer a fresh perspective, new ideas and an enthusiasm to help people, whilst aiming to make Normanton, Pontefract and Castleford a better place for all, regardless of age, class or religious beliefs.

“I am not daunted by the size of the majority or who I am up against.

“Whoever the voters believe has the best interests of the area at heart will win.”

Ms Cooper was first elected as Pontefract and Castleford MP in 1997 and was chief secretary to the treasury and secretary of state for work and pensions under the last Labour government.