A Farnham barrister with a very apt surname has been selected as Labour’s prospective parliamentary candidate for the general election in Farnham and Bordon.

Alex Just, 38, was nominated unanimously by the Farnham and Bordon constituency party and endorsed by the national Labour Party on Tuesday.

The new Farnham and Bordon constituency will also encompass Haslemere, Liphook, Grayshott and surrounding villages when it comes into being at the general election later this year.

Mr Just lives with his wife and three young children in south Farnham, and his eldest son goes to a local state primary school.

He works as a barrister in London and has led campaigns against local education cuts, to tackle the River Wey sewage crisis, and to stop the expansion of private jet flights at Farnborough Airport.

The Labour hopeful said he is determined to capitalise on his party’s “significant lead” in the national opinion polls and believes the recent boundary changes, which bring together communities in Surrey and Hampshire, “make it possible for Labour to win”.

He added: “Labour’s overwhelming lead in the opinion polls has propelled us into second place in this entirely new constituency, within a few votes of winning. 

“We are on the brink of a historic achievement here – it could be the first time in over a century that our community can send an MP to Westminster who is not a Tory.

“With the backing of local voters, I am determined to be at the heart of a Labour government that will begin the task of fixing broken Britain.”

Mr Just said his priority will be to “get the future back for our children” and to “work for the people of Farnham and Bordon who have been taken for granted by Tories and Lib Dems for far too long”.