The Labour Party have selected their Parliamentary Candidate standing for the Bexleyheath & Crayford constituency in this year’s general election.

The candidate, Daniel Francis, is a lifelong resident of Bexley and has served as a local councillor since 2014, as well as a previous stint from 2000 to 2010.

He was Labour’s candidate in the 2021 Old Bexley & Sidcup by-election, where he achieved a 10 per cent swing for the party.

Daniel Francis' selection comes after growing speculation that Rishi Sunak might call an early general election, following ministers delaying foreign trips or cancelling events to attend a government meeting.

It is understood that this could be around Thursday, July 4.

Mr Francis successfully implemented transport improvements during his time on the council as Cabinet Member for Transport, including saving Welling to Victoria train services, delivering road safety improvements and in the introduction of the Elizabeth Line to Abbey Wood.

Mr Francis also works with local parent groups, campaigning on behalf of children with disabilities and their families across Bexley and on a national level with organizations such as SCOPE.

The candidate, who personally juggles his political responsibilities with raising his ten-year old twins alongside his wife, said that he was "delighted" to be standing for Labour.

Daniel Francis, Labour’s Parliamentary candidate for Bexleyheath & Crayford, said: "With Keir Starmer at the helm, Labour is back in the service of working people.

"We will put an end to 14 years of Tory chaos and decline with a plan for national renewal, built on a bedrock of economic stability."

Mr. Francis added: "Only a Labour government can deliver the change we need to take back our streets, get the NHS back on its feet, break down barriers to opportunity and get Britain building again.

"I am so excited to get out on the doors, hear from residents and fight for every vote across the constituency until the General Election."