Tory party bosses in Huddersfield have been caught out following Theresa May’s decision to call a snap General Election on June 8.
Mr Sheerman, 76, has been the town’s MP since being elected in 1979 – the same year that Margaret Thatcher came to power. Clr Armer said: “It’s not so much an open field as an empty field.”
He said officers had been alerted and there would be a meeting of the executive shortly to set the wheels in motion to choose a candidate.
Mr Sheerman told the Examiner he had confirmed to Yorkshire Labour party bosses that he would be standing again. He said: “I always enjoy campaigning and generally lose half-a-stone during campaigns!”