THE woman chosen to fight for Labour at the next general election is backing herself to go all the way.

Pam Cox was selected as Labour’s Parliamentary candidate following a process in November last year.

She is bidding to become the first female MP to represent Colchester in the House of Commons.

“I am pretty optimistic," she said.

"It is a lot of work and I do understand the challenge but we are seeing a lot of support on the doorstep from people who have not traditionally supported Labour.

“We are seeing people raising questions about the Conservatives.”

Asked if she is confident, Mrs Cox added: “Absolutely. I think we have got to feel confident otherwise there is no point doing it.

“I have lived in the town for 25 years and brought my children up here.

“I think the Conservatives are running out of steam. They have had 13 years in Government and some of their upcoming candidates are beginning to change their mind.

“We have a lot to do. Will Quince’s majority is significant but nothing is assumed.”