Lucy Burke is local left’s pick but Young Labour endorsed different candidate without consulting locals
Hustings and the vote by Bury South Labour members for their new parliamentary candidate take place tonight amid controversy over the conduct of the national Momentum organisation in the endorsements phase. The new candidate will replace Ivan Lewis at the next election, after the MP resigned from the Labour Party amid sexual harassment allegations.
Strong local left candidate Lucy Burke is supported by unions Unite, FBU, Unison, GMB and BFAWU. However, North West Young Labour has endorsed Fatima Mahmood – without gathering any input from locals.
The organisation has admitted that it did not consult at all with Young Labour members to find out their wishes before endorsing Ms Mahmood:
Lucy Burke’s statement on her candidacy gives an idea why she is strongly supported by an array of unions and the local Momentum group:
I am delighted to have been shortlisted for the parliamentary selection for Bury South and for the opportunity to speak at the Hustings at Bury Town Hall on October 24th.
I live in Prestwich with my family and I have spent my career working in Manchester in higher education as a lecturer and researcher. This has been an amazing experience and I am very proud of all the students I have supported to realise their talents.
I am currently secretary of Bury South CLP and Disability Officer for the constituency. I sit on the National Executive Committee of the University and College Union representing disabled members and I am an experienced caseworker and negotiator. I am also on the representative body of Learning Disability England speaking up for families and carers.
Years of Tory austerity have destroyed our services, our communities and our wellbeing. I see young people at university struggle with impossible levels of tuition fee debt and older people denied dignity and respect at the end of their lives thanks to cuts in social care. Homelessness, child poverty, foodbanks and despair are the defining legacy of this Tory Government of millionaires.
I am not a career politician but I want to be part of the change we so desperately need. I believe a society that works for its most vulnerable citizens is a society that works for everyone. I will never stop fighting for a future that puts people before privilege and profit.
Labour is the only party with a radical and transformative vision for an environmentally sustainable economy that meets the needs and aspirations of everyone. I love living here in Bury South and I care deeply about our community. This is why I am standing for selection.
It is time to work together to elect a Labour Government and to build a better and fairer future.
Hustings and the vote take place tonight at Main Hall, Elizabethan Suite, Town Hall, Knowsley, Bury, BL9 OSW. Members are asked to arrive by 7pm and to bring their membership card or photo ID. However, those able to do so should take both, as there have been issued with identification disputes in other constituencies.
The vote will be on a transferable-vote basis, with members voting for candidates in order of preference.
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