The Labour candidate for Hendon launched his campaign yesterday with help from a former cabinet minister.

Mike Katz was joined by Rt Hon Yvette Cooper, former secretary of state for work and pensions, as well as fellow candidates Jeremy Newmark, Emma Whysall and Fiona Smith at the Old Hendon Ex-servicemen’s Club.

Former Hendon MP Andrew Dismore AM kicked off proceedings before Ms Cooper took to the stage to welcome Mr Katz into his nomination.

She said: “I was so pleased to go to Hendon and talk to brilliant Labour Party members who are getting out on the doorstep to campaign for Mike to be a strong voice, fighting their corner.

“I've known Mike for years, he is a credit to the Labour Party and would be to Parliament too."

Mr Katz also spoke at his campaign, and said he was pleased Ms Cooper was there to “inspire of local members and crank up our campaign.”.

He said: "We know from our canvassing that so many local people want change.

“They are worried about Brexit, are tired of seven years of Conservative failure and want a hardworking Labour MP who will stand up for their views and for Hendon in Parliament."