Post by westlondoner on Sept 10, 2013 13:37:14 GMT
Labour announced today the start of their Ealing Central and Acton Parliamentary Candidate selection process - with the final hustings and count on 2nd November.
It's all suddenly happenning on the West London Labour selection front :
- Brentford and Isleworth started in late August and will select on 19th October - Harrow East are due to start tonight (10th September), which would mean an early November selection - Brent Central is due to start this month, with a November or December selection
I'm told that it's by accident rather than design that Labour delayed starting their Brent Central selection process until after Teather announced her retirement, but it'll certainly change the dynamic of the selection contest. That said, a number of prospective contenders have been working the seat for months and have a head start over those seeing a suddently much more winnable seat.
Lisa Homan, Rupa Huq and Melanie Smallman are names that I have heard are in the frame for the Labour selection here and seem to have a reasonable track record. There are inevitably a few others also hopefully seeking nominations. The defeated Lib Dem candidate last time, local councillor Jon Ball, has already been selected to have another go. I suspect the vote he got last time (when he came a strong 3rd)may have been the highest he will ever get though.
Lisa Homan (LBHF Cllr and ex-GLA and Parliamentary Candidate) Rupa Huq (former LB Ealing Deputy Mayoress and ex Parliamentary and European Candidate) Mabel McKeown (ex GLA list and RBKC Council Candidate) Mendora Ogbogbo (was on Lewisham Deptford shortlist) Melanie Smallman (former LBHF Cllr and Parliamentary Candidate)
This seat was named as the most at risk for Labour by the Green surge. i.e ex Lib Dem voters that would have got behind Labour and are now thinking Green. Think it's going to be close here and either Labour or Tory could win it but Labour won the local elections by a few hundred here in the seat in 2014 so I'd have to say they would be my favourites to take the seat back. But it's a real marginal.