A date for the by-election in Lewisham East – the seat vacated by Heidi Alexander’s decision to move to Sadiq Khan’s mayoral office – has been set at 14 June. The selection timetable, which will be unusually short, will be as follows:
- Thursday 10 May 2018 – mailing to all eligible members with procedure and inviting applications
- Sunday 13 May (noon) – self-nominations close
- Sunday 13 May (evening) – NEC long-listing by conference call
- Monday 14 May (afternoon) – NEC short-listing
- Wednesday 16 May – selection meeting
It expected to be an all-women, all-BAME shortlist. Candidates who have already declared an interest or are expected to are:
Ms Opoku Gyimah, or ‘Lady Phyll’ as she is often known, is currently head of equality at the PCS union and a co-founding director of Black Pride. She has been named by the media as a strong favourite for the candidacy, but will face a tough battle against the well-organised right in Lewisham.
Ms Dacres came third in the recent contest for the selection of Labour’s candidate for Lewisham mayor. She is considered by locals to have closer links to the right of the party and supported Owen Smith in the 2016 Labour leadership election.
Ms Sheikh is a local councillor elected last week, who put in a good performance on Sky after the local elections in spite of the interruptions of the male host and guest. She is considered another pro-Corbyn candidate.
Chief Executive of the New Economics Foundation, Ms Fahnbulleh is said by locals to be the preferred candidate of Labour First, who are thought to be unhappy with the selection process outlined by the NEC, as they wanted a branch nomination arrangement in order to have a better chance of controlling the candidate list.
She is, however, not yet known to have declared that she will stand.
With such a short timetable for the selection and indeed for the by-election, there will be a flurry of activity among each candidate’s supporters leading into the weekend.
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