He told the Herald: “I am proud and honoured to have been selected as Labour’s parliamentary candidate for Stratford-on-Avon. Labour is ready and determined to be the main challenger to the Conservatives in Stratford in 2015.”

He added: “My message is straightforward—if you have had enough of Nadhim Zahawi [the Conservative MP] and you feel let down by the Liberal Democrats, it is time to choose Labour because Stratford can do better than this.”

He said Labour would challenge the Conservatives in every town and village across the length and breadth of the constituency.

People needed a Labour government for a sustainable, job-rich, not credit-fuelled recovery.

Cllr Kenner said Labour would tackle the cost of living crisis by, in the first instance, freezing fuel bills until 2017, cutting childcare costs and reintroducing the 10p tax rate.

Labour would also abolish “the pernicious Bedroom Tax” and “put the education system and the NHS back together again.”

He said he had four key priorities for the Stratford constituency:

Investing in infrastructure to cope with a growing population and boost the local economy. Primary health facilities were overstretched and schools were struggling to cope. Roads were in a bad state and rail connections were poor. Labour was committed to a long-term national infrastructure strategy and devolving Whitehall budgets to the regions to focus investment on local needs.

Requiring Stratford District Council to start building social housing again in collaboration with housing associations to meet local need for affordable homes. Labour’s aim was to plan strategically for the homes and economic development that were needed. Under the Conservatives and Liberal Democrats, Stratford had become “too dependent on developers” to determine the size, quality and location of housing.

Reviving the market towns and villages with a strategy to attract new businesses, promote tourism, re-launch markets, provide more retail choice and keep pubs and shops open.

Valuing the arts and making them accessible to all in the community. Stratford had a unique cultural heritage. It was a vital part of the economy with five million visitors each year. He would work with the arts organisations, local businesses and community groups, to promote an inclusive policy for the arts.