The NEC moves in mysterious ways
Hmmm.... interesting move by Labour's NEC in only shortlisting 2 candidates, both male, for tomorrow's Ealing Southall by-election selection: Jo Sidhu and Virendra Sharma.
A shame for Sonika Nirwal who had my union's support (see below). I hope she finds a good seat to fight in the General Election.
However, both the 2 candidates shortlisted are strong.
I don't know Jo but Virendra is a good man and a wise operator. We served together on the Labour Campaign for Electoral Reform executive and I'm also aware of his work in the past as Ethnic Minorities Officer at Party HQ and as an Ealing Councillor.
Whichever one gets it I shall be out canvassing for them this Sunday morning.
Details of the campaign are here for those who want to help: http://www.laboursouthall.com/
Meanwhile up in Sedgefield the local members have tonight selected Phil Wilson, who will be an excellent candidate - he was one of the team with John Burton who organised to get Blair selected back in 1983.