A STOURBRIDGE bodybuilder will be throwing his weight into a bid to unseat the town's sitting MP in the event of a general election.

Competitive muscleman Aaron Hudson, a 31-year-old software and web developer, has been selected as the Brexit Party's candidate for Stourbridge - ready to fight for the sought-after Parliamentary seat when the next election is called.

Dudley-born dad-of-three Aaron, who has lived in Stourbridge for 10 years, said: "Unlike our current MP, I'm a huge believer in leaving the shackles of the European Union. I believe it will bring prosperity back to British people and I think it will open our incredible country back up for business, jobs and opportunities to the wide-world that we once helped shape.

"Here in Stourbridge, one of our policies is to cut business rates for high-street businesses outside of London; this will massively help our area. I want to see our high streets reinvigorated and also help and encourage new local businesses to open. This will in turn create jobs and opportunities.

"I will also work to give the forgotten areas in Stourbridge (such as Lye) the attention they deserve and ensure crime is reduced and concerns with anti-social behaviour addressed. I was extremely concerned at Stourbridge Police Station being closed and police numbers cut, this certainly needs addressing."

A former Conservative Party member until recently - Aaron says he was prompted to join the Brexit Party because of "frustrations with the party" and, if elected, he pledges to form a "closer relationship with everyone in the area". He added: "I will always be accessible to people and stand with them and fight for them on the issues they face."