CORNWALL and Penzance town councillor Cornelius Olivier has been selected as the Labour Party's prospective parliamentary candidate for the St Ives constituency at the next general election.
Mr Olivier, who lives with his family in Pendeen, was selected after a vote open to all St Ives constituency Labour party members, at a packed meeting last week.
A governor of Humphry Davy School, Mr Olivier has a keen interest in Cornish history and heritage.
He is also a supporter of the Cornish Pirates and the Stadium for Cornwall project.
He said: "I will be campaigning for the Labour Party and against the coalition – not attacking individuals but the record of the coalition in Government. It is not just about national politics but about what Cornwall needs.
"Housing will be a priority as there is an enormous gap between the cost of housing and what people can afford in the constituency."
In the past Mr Olivier has organised campaigns in support of local hospitals, in favour of the Living Wage, against NHS privatisation and in opposition to the Bedroom Tax. He believes his previous employment at a JobCentre and for the CAB have given him a thorough knowledge of the needs of local people.