Labour choose local man to challenge Nick Clegg

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THE head of a South Yorkshire environmental scheme has been chosen by Labour to take on Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg at the next General Election.

Oliver Coppard, manager of the Dearne Valley Eco-Vision Project, will contest the Sheffield Hallam constituency where Labour came third in 2010 and Mr Clegg secured a majority of more than 15,000.

The backlash faced by Mr Clegg since the Liberal Democrats entered into a coalition with the Conservatives is likely to mean the Sheffield Hallam race will attract considerable attention as well as a large number of single issue and minor party candidates.


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