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, September 30, 2008

Wolverhampton NE selection

Congratulations to Emma Reynolds, until her selection Special Adviser to Geoff Hoon, who has been picked by local Labour members as parliamentary candidate for Wolverhampton NE, which has a majority of over 8,500.

An interesting selection result as someone working for a senior minister and thus associated with the Party leadership beat ex-Campaign Group MP John Cryer in a CLP with a historic reputation as being on the left, and it breaks the recent run of "open" as opposed to All-Women Shortlists resulting in the selection of men.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

who was on the shortlist?

1:48 pm, October 01, 2008

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Surely as a member of the Unite Amicus political committee, albeit in a different region, this should be a bad result for you, Luke, as John Cryer was heavily backed by Unite in Wolverhampton NE?

4:46 pm, October 01, 2008

Blogger Luke Akehurst said...

I would have been congratulating John if he had won - not just because we are in the same union but because he is my partner's former employer, and I happen to like him (there goes his leftwing street cred).

4:58 pm, October 01, 2008

Blogger Duncan Hall said...

I don't know Emma, so no disrespect to her, but I think it would be really good to see John back in parliament, so I'm a bit disappointed.

5:29 pm, October 01, 2008

Blogger Merseymike said...

I am sure John will get a seat. Like his num, he is clearly on the lkeft but very much his own person and we need more MP's like that.
Huddersfield, maybe, given that the sitting MP is over 70 and he has strong Yorkshire connections.

1:05 am, October 02, 2008

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Emma will be an excellent candidate, she went to school in the area and was bought up there. She is an excellent campaigner as the result demonstrates and will stand up for Wolverhampton!!!

She was vital in at the last general election when she was campaigning for neighbouring MP, Rob Marris. Hopefully the Wolverhampton team can keep the Tories out!

10:50 am, October 02, 2008


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