Labor activists organize strike if party chooses midterm election candidate

Labor activists staged a strike when the party chose its candidate for a by-election.

Simon Lightwood was chosen to stand in Wakefield after a controversial selection process.

The by-election comes after the previous Tory MP, Imran Ahmad Khan, resigned after he was convicted of sexually assaulting a teenager.

HuffPost UK revealed last week that Keir Starmer’s office had blocked local council deputy leader Jack Hemingway from defending his past support for Jeremy Corbyn.

At the latest selection meeting today, the Wakefield constituency Labor Party executive – who resigned their post on Friday – walked out after hearing from Lightwood and Kate Dearden, the other shortlisted candidate.

In a statement, they said: “Today’s meeting should have had a good range of candidates to choose from, including quality candidates based on Wakefield. Instead, they only had two, with all Wakefield options already stripped down.”

In a further blow to the Labor campaign, the powerful GMB union has also said it will not support the party’s candidate.

But a Labor source hit back: “We rightly set a high bar for our candidates at every level.

“The Labor Party has changed and our priority is the voters, not obsession with internal machinations and niche political issues, and we know Wakefield and Britain deserve better than this Tory government and that is what we will try to achieve in this campaign. to do. †

After his selection was confirmed, Lightwood said: “It is an honor to be the Labor candidate for Wakefield.

“Twenty years ago I joined the Labor Party here in Wakefield, and for ten years I have lived, studied and worked in this great city. We have much to be proud of in Wakefield, and a tremendous amount of strength and resilience in our communities, but the Conservatives and their disgraced MP Imran Ahmad Khan have let us down.

“I will fight tooth and nail for our hard-working communities. Wakefield deserves a fresh start, and someone who will be their voice in Westminster, helping people through the cost of living crisis, fixing our broken transportation system and making people feel safe on our streets. †

“Wakefield has had no MP and no vote in Westminster for over a year. The Conservatives must call this by-election now so that the local population can finally get the representation they deserve.”

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