THE BATTLE to be the Labour candidate at the next General Election has been narrowed down to just six names.
The selection will be made in Grays on Saturday morning (December 16th).
YT understands that there were over 60 applications from Labour members to fight a seat that Labour last by just 345 votes in June 2017.
The candidate then was former leader of Thurrock Council, cllr John Kent and the Grays man has made it to the final six.
The other candidates are:
Liam Preston. From Thurrock. He fought the Epping Forest constituency in June.
Chris Vince: Was the Labour Police and Crime Commissioner candidate in 2016.
Ellie Baker: The national organiser for the new National Education Union is backed by the GMB. Lives in East London.
Cheryl Nevin: A councillor in Southend.
Mark McDonald: A barrister who stood against Carl Morris in 2010.
A notable absentee from the list is the name of the leader of Basildon Council, Gavin Callaghan, who many thought could have had a good chance of winning.