Two Liverpool shortlistees lead race for West Derby candidacy

Angela Coleman, local councillor backed by National Momentum, and Ian Byrne, Carden aide who founded Fans Supporting Foodbanks, look favourites to replace Stephen Twigg, who will step down at next election
Ian Byrne and Angela Coleman

The shortlist has been finalised for the selection of a new Labour candidate for the Liverpool West Derby seat soon to be vacated by Londoner Stephen Twigg, to represent a historic area of a proud city that has had more than its share of MPs with little or no connection with it before being elected.

Two hopefuls on the shortlist come from Liverpool and look set to lead the race.

Former nurse Angela Coleman, from Woolton in the Garston and Halewood constituency in the south of the city, who was elected last year as a councillor in the neighbouring Wavertree constituency is also a local Momentum officer and has been a member of the Garston and Halewood CLP (constituency Labour party) executive for some years. Coleman is understood to have the backing of the national Momentum organisation, although the local Momentum has backed Byrne, and she has set up a Facebook page to promote her campaign.

Ian Byrne grew up in West Derby on the Cantril Farm estate and now works as an aide to MP Dan Carden in the next-door constituency of Liverpool Walton. He is a co-founder of the highly-regarded Fans Supporting Foodbanks (FSF), which collects food from fans of the two teams in the football-mad city as well as coordinating efforts with similar groups around the country and, since last year, in the Irish Republic. He and fellow co-founder Dave Kelly spoke this year at the GMB union’s Campaigns for Justice conference.

Byrne has published a video about his candidacy and set up a crowdfund and Facebook page. He launches his campaign tomorrow starting from Croxteth Park gates in West Derby village, with a collection for FSF followed by door-knocking of Labour members.

It’s time for West Derby to be represented by a local.

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  1. Food banks in Ireland…Varadakar and Johnson….food banks in Britain. The centre right nightmare.Lets get on with a General election… much longer do the victims of austerity suffer ian Byrne can tell us and hes the most experience!

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