THE LABOUR candidate at the next General Election will be chosen from an all-women shortlist.
Labour’s national executive, meeting on Tuesday, gave the go ahead to parliamentary selections in 26 marginal seats which the party lost last year reports leftfutures.org.
The list includes Thurrock which was won by Conservative first-timer Jackie Doyle-Price by a majority of 92.
The decision has not come as a disappointment to defeated candidate Carl Morris. Since May, Carl has been the East of England organiser for Labour as well as parliamentary spokesperson for the Thurrock Labour party. Mr Morris spent a great deal of time as part of the successful team that won the Oldham and Saddleworth by-election for Labour.
However, many question whether this may be the time for deputy leader of Thurrock Council, Val Morris-Cook. Val has stood for selection in Hemel Hempstead and has cut an impressive figure as the deputy leader where she has used all her experience in industry to smooth many an issue over the last ten months as well as bring a sense of dynamism and pro-activity to the council.
Cllr Morris-Cook would not be drawn on the matter.
The decision may come as a disappointment to council leader John Kent, whom we understand had thrown his hat into the ring although his opportunity in another seat may come.
The decision to start selecting short lists follows pressure from constituency parties eager to start campaigning against the Tory-led government.