This will be another very interesting day in the by-election lead up.
Labour members meeting tonight at New York Stadium, the shortlist:
– Sarah Champion is the Chief Exec of Bluebell Wood Children’s Hospice, a role she has held since 2008. Before that she was chief executive of the Chinese Arts Centre in Manchester for 12 years.
– Sophy Gardner is a former RAF Wing Commander, who served in Iraq and Afghanistan. She was also in charge of RAF transport and refuelling assets during the 9/11 terrorist attacks and Afghanistan operations 2001-2, for which she was awarded the MBE. She’s an advocate for Labour Friends of the Forces, and runs her own communications strategy consultancy. Gardner was shortlisted for Feltham and Heston.
Labour stitch-up or inspired shortlist?
There were rumours right at the beginning that Rotherham would be suitable for an all women shortlist, given that the other two MPs happen to be male!
Now members have one imposed, which, for some, will test their loyalty beyond breaking point!
Newsflash! So much hot air released in the Lubyanka, they have turned the heating off!
Simon Wilson, a businessman, has been chosen to fight the by-election for the Conservatives.
UKIP are choosing their candidate this evening, more later.
Michael Beckett selected for Liberal Democrats!
Rowdy scenes at New York Labour selection – Champion selected with a majority of 2 with 13 votes!