The former Labour MP for the Vale of Clwyd will fight for his former seat at the General Election.
Chris Ruane was defeated by the Conservatives’ Dr James Davies two years ago with a slim majority of 237 votes. He served eighteen years at Westminster, starting from the constituency’s creation in 1997.
Mr Ruane, a former schoolteacher and town councillor from Rhyl, was confirmed as a candidate on Friday when Labour published its 40-strong list of Welsh candidates.
He told the Rhyl Journal: ”I am elated. I am going into this with my eyes wide open – I know that it is going to be a hard battle. People were asking me whether I would stand again. I have so much support already – it is such an honour to stand. I want to steady the turbulence – people need a strong, steady voice and I want to be that voice.”
Dr Davies also confirmed on Friday he had been reselected ‘unanimously’ by the Conservatives to defend the Vale of Clwyd seat.