Left vs right vs centre contest shapes up after shortlisting decision
The contest to be Labour’s candidate for West Midlands mayor has shaped up as a left/right/centre battle after three candidates made the shortlist.
Stop the War activist Salma Yaqoob looks likely to be the choice of the left. Liam Byrne, founder of right-wing pressure group Progress – though bizarrely endorsed by John McDonnell – is the right-wing candidate, while former Dudley council leader Pete Lowe, having started from the left, has swung to the middle with a number of the Sandwell right/Labour First said to be involved in his campaign.
The ballot will be run on a transferable vote basis, complicating the potential outcome still further. A voting schedule has not yet been announced.
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