Tuesday, July 03, 2007

Ealing Southall Labour shortlist & Tory defection

The Labour Party tonight shortlisted Virendra Sharma(Ealing Councillor) and Jo Sidhu an Oxford educated barrister to go before Ealing Southall Labour party members tomorrow night for selection as the Labour candidate for the by-election on July 19th. They'll no doubt have a big venue hired out as Ealing Southall has the largest Labour party membership in the whole country and runs to over 4000.

Although the seat was to have been an all woman shortlist because it's a by-election special circumstances apply and it was changed by the Labour party NEC to an open shortlist.

I have also heard tonight that the Deputy Chair of Ealing Southall Conservatives has defected to the Liberal Democrats in protest at their selection of businessman Tony Lit which apparently is proving to be a controversial choice. Although the Tories are playing up their hopes this seat will be a battle between Labour and the Liberal Democrats.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Perhaps in light of the defection of 5 Labour councillors to the Tories in Southall, you might like to revise your estimation of Labour's chances. Labour are going to lose and, since they have held it every year since 1945, this is going to be a major upset.

12:36 pm  
Blogger Martin Whelton said...

That's what you think and I'm not revising my forecast.

1:25 pm  

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