Tom Rutland has been confirmed as the Labour Party’s prospective parliamentary candidate for the East Worthing & Shoreham constituency.
Mr Rutland will run against Conservative MP Tim Loughton, who has been in the seat since 1997, at the next general election.
Mr Rutland has been a member of Lambeth council in London and has represented the Streatham Common & Vale ward since 2022.
He was on the shortlist of Labour prospective candidates for Wycombe in 2022, but lost out to former MP for Wolverhampton North East Emma Reynolds.
Mr Rutland’s selection for East Worthing & Shoreham was made on Saturday, November 25, by members of the local Labour party, with Mr Rutland announcing the decision on X, formerly Twitter.
“Thank you so much to @LabourEWS members for selecting me to run as your candidate for the next general election” he said. “Together we’ll run a campaign that elects the first ever Labour MP here in East Worthing and Shoreham.”
The other candidates were Abdi Mohamed, Christine Bayliss and Scott Gilfillan. Worthing Borough Council’s deputy leader Carl Walker (Lab, Selden) and Adur councillor Cat Arnold (Lab, St Mary’s) were running for the candidacy, but did not make Labour’s shortlist, with some party members criticising the lack of local candidates.
Worthing Borough Council leader Beccy Cooper (Lab, Marine) was selected uncontested as Labour’s candidate for Worthing West in November.
East Worthing & Shoreham and Worthing West could be seats of importance to Labour at the next general election, as they were excluded from a list of non-priority seats by the party.