Emily Darlington, Labour’s parliamentary candidate for Milton Keynes South in 2015, will not be standing in June’s snap election.

During the last General Election, Ms Darlington tried to unseat Conservative MP Iain Stewart but suffered as Labour struggled nationally.

And despite calls for her to stand again she took to Facebook to announce her plans for the 2017 General Election.

She posted: “Thank you to all the people who have been in touch to encourage me to stand in this snap election. I am deeply disappointed that due to family commitments it is not feasible for me to put myself forward at the moment.

“This is a crucial election to fight the Conservatives on their plans for a hard Brexit and their cuts agenda to our public services. I hope that the good people of Milton Keynes will use their votes to deliver a clear message to our current MPs that they need to stand up for our communities, the NHS and jobs in our city.

“I will be backing our Labour candidates in Milton Keynes North and South 100%.

“Because by the strength of our common endeavour we achieve more than we achieve alone.”

This means Mr Stewart will face competition from a new Labour candidate, while UKIP’s previous candidate Vince Peddle is planning on standing again.

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