Rachel Hopkins, considered to be on the left of the Labour Party, has been selected to replace Gavin Shuker as the parliamentary candidate in Luton South.
Hopkins was not selected not by a vote of the local membership, but was instead picked directly by a selection panel.
The panel was made up of two Labour national executive committee (NEC) members, the chair of the regional board and the local party secretary.
Born and raised in Luton, Hopkins has been a councillor in the area since 2011, and currently holds the cabinet post of executive member for public health.
The successful applicant has been described by the local party chair as both “Left” and “Leave“. An estimated 54.6% of voters in the constituency voted Leave in 2016.