Well, Labour’s central office told me I could apply for shortlisting, but that I had very little chance of selection because the 12-month membership rule is waived only in exceptional circumstances. So I’ve submitted an application and told them I’m an exceptional candidate.
It’s a slim chance, but let’s see what happens. The chance to stand in my home town and serve the local people is too important – and isn’t likely to come up again until I’m near retirement. And I’m good at applications… 🙂