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A former Morecambe High School head boy who was born and brought up in the town has been selected as a Conservative candidate for May’s European Parliament elections, it has been announced.

At 24, Joe Barker is the youngest person in the country to be challenging for a seat in Brussels.

He is also one of eight Tory candidates to stand in the North West after a ballot of party members across the region.

Joe said: “It is an honour to stand in my home constituency of Morecambe.

This is the most important European election for a generation, and I look forward to doing my bit and standing up for the North West and Britain in Brussels.”

Joe was head boy at Morecambe High School in 2008 and went on to attend Durham University, where he was president of the Conservative Association, and the College of Law, in Manchester.

The trainee lawyer has also studied in the United States with the Fulbright Commission.

He has also been a volunteer on a humanitarian project in Togo.

Joe stood in the 2013 Lancashire County Council elections and has been a member of the Conservative Party since he was 15-years-old.

* A North Lancashire charity has unveiled plans for a major fundraising event in Morecambe.

CancerCare, which has centres in Lancaster and Kendal, is organising its first Diamonds and Pearls Spring Ball.

It will take place on April 11 at the Midland Hotel.

Guests have been promised “a very elegant evening” which will include a champagne reception on arrival, a three-course meal and live music from soul band The Groove Cutters followed by a fundraising auction.

Tickets are available now at a cost of £65 or £500 for a table of eight.

The 7pm event will be celebrating 30 years of CancerCare, which provides support to people diagnosed with the disease and their families across North Lancashire and South Cumbria. For tickets call 01524 381820.