Former Labour MP Thelma Walker, who quit the party entirely in protest at Keir Starmer’s ‘toxic’ and ‘stomach-turning’ lurch to the right, looks likely to stand for the new Northern Independence Party (NIP) in the Hartlepool by-election.
Skwawkbox understands that Ms Walker is ‘being encouraged to stand’ and will accept the nomination if no local candidate comes forward. NIP will complete its selection and announce the party’s candidate on Sunday.
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