Labour has confirmed a ‘long list’ of candidates for the Lewisham East by-election triggered by the departure of Heidi Alexander to the London mayor’s office. All the long-listed candidates are women:
Ms Webbe, who currently sits on Labour’s NEC, has a strong record of service to the party and the left in various roles and is considered highly capable. She would have to vacate her NEC seat if she succeeds in becoming an MP.
Ms Daby is a local councillor and Lewisham’s deputy mayor. She is one of four candidates a local Labour First representative supported on Twitter this morning, which means she is unlikely to be a candidate that supporters of the party leadership will want to get behind.
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, but has made efforts to win over moderates.
Ms Oppong-Asare is a former councillor and former deputy council leader. Like Janet Davy, she is one of four candidates supportively mentioned in a tweet by a local Labour First figure this morning and is on the executive of the Labour Women’s Network, which is generally considered right-leaning by left Labour members.
Ms Onikosi is a former Lewisham councillor and also one of the four names supported in a tweet by a senior local Labour First figure this morning.
Ms Ogbogbo runs Parli-Training, which according to her Linkedin profile is “a strategic public affairs and communications training company” providing “professional insight and institutional guidance on how to communicate effectively to politicians and policy makers.”
Her Twitter feed has been inactive for over a year.
Ms Dacres came third in the recent contest for the selection of Labour’s candidate for Lewisham mayor. She is one of the four supported in the tweet by a leading Labour First representative in Lewisham and supported Owen Smith in the 2016 Labour leadership election.
Ms Ahmad is Chair of Beckenham Labour and a councillor for Crystal Palace and Anerley. She stood as a candidate for the London Assembly in 2016 and told the Croydon Citizen at the time that she “can be a rottweiler when necessary“.
The short-list of three candidates will be finalised soon by Labour’s National Executive Committee.
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