A county Armagh man has been chosen as the Labour candidate for St Helens North on Merseyside.
Mr McGinn, a political advisor, will replace the retiring Dave Watts as Labour’s choice.
Mr Watts, who is Chair of the Parliamentary Labour Party, has been MP in St Helens North since 1997 and his majority is just over 13,000.
Mr Ginn was selected from a shortlist of six that included local challengers Barrie Grunewald, the St Helens Council leader, and councillor Andy Bowden, a former Mayor of St Helens who is Mr Watts’ long serving constituency manager.
The former St Paul’s, Bessbrook student is a founding member of Eire Og London GAA Club and has worked with the vulnerable Irish since he came to England prior to going to work in Westminster.
Following the vote, Mr McGinn, a married father of one son, said: “I’m overwhelmed by the support, confidence and trust you have placed in me and I promise to do my best hopefully as the next member of parliament.
Honoured to be Labour’s new candidate to fight for St Helens North & follow in the footsteps of my friend Dave Watts pic.twitter.com/oxhiBcUcq4
— Conor McGinn (@ConorMcGinn) February 8, 2015