Beth Miller is set to be Labour's candidate in Corby and East Northants when the next general election is called.

On Sunday ( Jan 14 ) party activists by a majority chose the 26-year-old former Brooke Weston student from an all-female shortlist of potential candidates. 

Miller took on the Labour candidacy at short notice for last year's snap general election, but failed to unseat Conservative Tom Pursglove, despite the Labour share of the vote locally going up to almost 45%.

On being selected Beth Miller said “I am so proud to be selected as the Labour candidate. I want to finish the job I started last year....with the local Labour Party, I will campaign in all parts of the constituency. There will be no ‘no - go’ areas. I’m looking forward to getting stuck in.”

An employee of the Bank of England, she was also previously an adviser to senior Labour MPs Vernon Coaker and David Blunkett.

The latest date for the next general election is in 2022.

County hospitals are focusing their efforts on emergency care and have called on the public's support to help alleviate pressure on them.

At Kettering General more than 250 people have attended A & E every day since December 24th.

Health bosses say hospitals including KGH are struggling to maintain  enough discharges to free up space for emergency admissions.

As such they have reminded people of appropriate and inappropriate uses of A & E - and have asked people not to visit others in hospital if they have recently had flu or sickness bug symptoms.

100 jobs are being promised with the development of a new industrial bakery in Corby.

The William Jackson Food Group have laid out plans for a second bread plant to go with their original site at Hull. They say the Corby plant would make bread for sandwich manafacturers and foodservice customers.

Genner Road and the previous site of Golden West Foods is where the new development is set to be built with a view to beginning production next summer.

It's reported some £40m is being invested in the plant - by a company responsible for two-thirds of the bread used in the UK's prepared sandwiches.

A new public-facing police enquiry desk has opened in the Corby Cube.

Open to the public since Wednesday ( Dec 20 ), it replaces the enquiry desk at the Elizabeth Street station which has now closed.

All enquiries from the public, including reporting crime and producing driving documents, will be made at The Cube. The new office will be open from 10am to 4pm, Monday to Friday.  

County police said having the desk in the Cube would make it easier for people to get additional help if they were having problems with noisy neighbours or housing issues.

They added that while fewer people now visit a police station in person, instead reporting online or by phone, it was still important for people to deal with the police face to face in an accessible location.

 

A Corby cause dedicated to giving families practical support has been given by a boost by a well known firm.

Online shopping giant Amazon have donated £2,000 to Corby Home Start.

It's part of Amazon's local community support programme - the company's charity committee recently visited the group at the Pen Green Centre in the town to find out more about their work.

Volunteers from the cause spend a few hours a week with families in order to offer emotional support, and advice with issues such as budgeting and parenting.