A fierce battle is on the horizon after a by-election date was set in South Hampstead.

The deadline for nominations is on May 3 but the main parties have selected their candidates.

The by-election on June 1 has been triggered by the resignation of its Labour councillor Will Prince, who is moving to America to work.

South Hampstead only became a ward in the 2022 Camden elections.

Most of its area was previously in Swiss Cottage ward, which was abolished at the same time, although sections of Kilburn and West Hampstead wards have also been incorporated making it a very sought after seat.

One big issue for voters may be the 02 Centre redevelopment which was approved despite local objections.

Don Williams, who was Swiss Cottage councillor for the Conservative Party from 2002 to 2018, is standing again.

Lorna Russell, a former Green Party councillor for Fortune Green who lost her seat to the Liberal Democrats in 2022, also hopes to return to the council chamber.

Camden Labour group has selected Camden born social worker Tommy Gale, who is standing for the first time.

Patrick Stillman, who works in the financial crime industry, is standing for the Liberal Democrats as a new candidate.

The full list of candidates will be released on May 4.