MIDDLESBROUGH Labour Party has selected Andy McDonald as its candidate to replace the late Sir Stuart Bell as MP.

Labour party members in the town voted him in at a hustings event today.

Mr McDonald, a solicitor for trade union law firm Thompsons, is a former Middlesbrough councillor, chair of the party’s Local Government Committee and governor of Middlesbrough College.

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He was shortlisted as Labour candidate for the Middlesbrough South and East Cleveland seat in 2010.

The by-election for the Middlesbrough seat is expected to take place on November 29.