A blog by Luke Akehurst about politics, elections, and the Labour Party - With subtitles for the Hard of Left. Just for the record: all the views expressed here are entirely personal and do not necessarily represent the positions of any organisations I am a member of.

Tuesday, June 10, 2008

Birmingham Ladywood selection

Odd that there hasn't been more attention paid to the Labour parliamentary selection result in Birmingham Ladywood (currently Clare Short's seat, notional Lab majority of 6215 over LD) on Saturday.

The new candidate is 27 year old barrister and Oxford graduate, Shabana Mahmood. I gather from people in the West Midlands that she is likely to be a very bright and talented addition to the PLP.

I find it a little strange that a young Muslim woman getting selected for a Labour-held seat when there have only ever been 3 BME women MPs in history hasn't been celebrated a bit more.


Anonymous Simon K said...

A very long discussion on the selection here, if you're interested. It was a close contest between Shabana Mahmood and Yvonne Mosquito, a local councillor of afro-caribbean origin.

10:15 pm, June 10, 2008

Anonymous Rich said...

Having bailed out the banks to the sum of £100 billion is the government going to come up with the additional £3.5 billion required to hit the governments child poverty targets. Or is poverty no longer an important issue?

Has the government also got an action plan to help the thousands of people now facing negative equity on their homes.

11:10 pm, June 10, 2008

Blogger Merseymike said...

What has that got to do with this topic, Rich? Stop derailing the conversation!

11:34 pm, June 10, 2008

Anonymous Dave Spart said...

So - exposed candidate bites mosquito. Now there's a story!

11:48 pm, June 10, 2008

Anonymous Arthur Rudge said...

Tory sleaze is back in the headlines - Giles Chichester, Den Dover ( what a great name for a porn star! ) and Caroline Spelman. The Tories' bleatings about 'the nanny state' should now hopefully cease now that we know Spelman's nanny has been kept by the state!

8:39 am, June 11, 2008

Blogger Darren said...

If she gets elected at the next election - and the way it's going for Labour at the moment, that isn't guaranteed - it will be yet another lawyer with an Oxbridge degree in the House of Commons.

. . . what are we supposed to be celebrating?

2:08 am, June 14, 2008


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