Centrist Williams and left icon Pidcock said to be considering, but the left should leave Starmer to drink from his own poisoned chalice
Labour has set a rushed selection process for the Hartlepool by-election, even though no date has yet been set for it to take place. The seat was vacated yesterday by the resignation of incumbent Mike Hill, yet the deadline for applications is 5pm today and a new candidate is to be selected at an online hustings on Friday:
Among those said to be interested are the left former MP Laura Pidcock and former Stockton South MP Paul Williams. Williams’s strong pro-remain views would not enhance Labour’s chances in a seat that bookmakers expect them to lose.
A Labour loss would be a damning verdict on Keir Starmer’s blighted tenure as Labour leader and his betrayal of working-class leavers, but if a left MP stood the party’s right and their media allies would shamelessly blame the result on Jeremy Corbyn and left politics. Even though victory for a left MP would be a huge win for the movement, left hopefuls should bide their time and let Keir Starmer drink from his own poisoned chalice in an election where the best he is hoping for is a scraped win.
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