Couple of interesting London parliamentary selections coming up.
Walthamstow - which is an All Women Shortlist - timetable was announced today - deadline for candidates to come forward is 7 September, shortlisting 18 October, selection 4 November. The two local frontrunners from within the CLP are CLP Secretary Laura Bruni, who is from the left but a good person who I got on well with when we were both candidates in 2005 in Essex, and my friend and former colleague in the Lewisham Council press office, Stella Creasy, who has been a councillor in the seat and Mayor of Waltham Forest and worked for Douglas Alexander.
Streatham - no decision yet on AWS but expected to be open to both men and women to run. Early frontrunners are Council Leader Steve Reed (Amicus backed), GLA Member Val Shawcross (GMB backed) and CLP Vice-Chair/Compass Executive member Chuka Umunna, who seems to have a talent for self-publicity. The New Statesman's Kevin Maguire says TGWU DGS/Party Treasurer Jack Dromey will run. Kevin's sources are normally accurate so that looks possible. The Streatham selection already has an excellent blog by a local member reporting it in detail: http://lambethlou.blogspot.com/
In both cases there is a strong Lib Dem local government presence and the LDs are in second place, so I hope local members will bear in mind campaigning skills and experience and remember they have to select someone that can fight and hold the seat - not just someone who hopes to waltz effortlessly in to being an MP.