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
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.
The SKWAWKBOX needs your support. This blog is provided free of charge but depends on the generosity of its readers to be viable. If you can afford to, please click here to arrange a one-off or modest monthly donation via PayPal or here for a monthly donation via GoCardless. Thanks for your solidarity so this blog can keep bringing you information the Establishment would prefer you not to know about.
If you wish to reblog this post for non-commercial use, you are welcome to do so – see here for more.