Two branches voting: one to trigger, one to retain but result already decisive
As the SKWAWKBOX reported earlier this week, Ealing Southall Labour members had already voted to ‘trigger’ Virendra Sharma, forcing the MP to face a full selection contest, with four branches voting for the selection – and Labour rules requiring only three of the constituency’s seven branches.
The final two branches voted this evening. Lady Margaret branch voted by 34-33 to retain Sharma – with two votes spoiled – while Southall Green voted by 40-31 to trigger. Southall Green is the branch of right-winger Peter Mason, who earlier this year had tried to prevent a no-confidence vote in Sharma by claiming it would be bad for unity.
As the incumbent, Sharma will automatically be included on the shortlist of candidates for the contest as the incumbent.
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