Yorkshire First has selected local man Tony Devoy to fight the Thurnscoe and Goldthorpe (Dearne North) by-election on Thursday 27 August.
Tony Devoy, who used to work as a miner at Grimethorpe said of his selection:
"I am a Barnsley man, born and bred. When I was younger I was a member of the Labour Party and even used to be a Labour Councillor. But at this election I am not standing for Labour. I am standing as a representative of Yorkshire First.
"Labour has lost touch with what made it a great political party. When I was a member of the Labour Party we used to stand up for equality, a decent wage, our schools and the NHS.
"The Labour Party of today has lost touch with all that – and it has started taking places like Thurnscoe and Goldthorpe for granted. That's why I'm standing for Yorkshire First."
Richard Carter, Leader of Yorkshire First, said:
"We are delighted Tony will be fighting the by-election on behalf of Yorkshire First.
"This by-election is important to local people because it comes as the Labour Leader of Barnsley Council is working with George Osborne to create an unwanted 'city region'. Instead of Yorkshire, they plan to merge Thurnscoe and Goldthorpe with North East Derbyshire and Chesterfield."
Upon his selection, Tony outlined the three policy areas he will focus on, if elected:
- More investment in energy, creating good jobs for people and cutting heating bills
- A living wage for everyone – a good day’s pay for a good day’s work
- Stopping the Barnsley Labour Party getting into bed with George Osborne to wipe Yorkshire off the map
Tony Devoy added:
"This election is local people's chance to tell Barnsley Council not to wipe Yorkshire off the map!"