Labour has selected a Sikh woman to fight a key marginal seat in the general election. Preet Kaura Gill, a local councillor, will stand in Birmingham Edgbaston and will become the first Sikh woman in Parliament if she manages to fend off competition from the Tories.

Gill, currently a cabinet member on Sandwell Council, hopes to replace outgoing MP and Brexit supporter Gisela Stuart – whose seat has been continuously represented by women from both main parties since 1953.