Tony Lloyd MP has been selected (unopposed) as Labour candidate for Police and Crime Commissioner in Manchester. In order to contest this election in November, he will be stepping down as MP for Manchester Central which had a 10,430 majority at the last general election. Tony was a Minister in the early years of the Blair government but went on to vote against the Iraq war, the renewal of Trident and tuition fees, and to be a fine Chair of the parliamentary Labour party (PLP). We wish him every success in the PCC election when that time comes.
Any reader interested in being selected should submit a CV (in the standard form) to firstname.lastname@example.org by 12noon on Friday 23 March. Candidates who are selected for interview must be availble to attend on Wednesday 28 March at Labour’s London HQ. The selection iteslf will take place in Manchester on Monday 16 April. The PLP could certainly do with more members on the Left.
It is understod that this selection may be designated a women only shortlist. Since all five of Manchester’s current crop of Labour MPs are men, this seems reasonable. It is well known that Ed Miliband’s deputy chief of staff, Lucy Powell, is very interested in the seat. She stood in neighbouring Withington in the 2010 general election, but lost to Lib Dem John Leach. However, she faces stiff competition. Other potential candidates, according to Labour Uncut are Mike Amesbury, Rosa Battle and Afzal Khan.
If Lucy Powell was to be selected, she would be the third member of Ed Miliband’s staff to be selected in this parliament, and the second in a by election. She would follow Jon Ashworth who was elected in the Leicester South by-election and Polly Billington selected in Thurrock (from a shortlist of just two). As it happens, we are not aware of any procedural improprieties in these selections. However, we would suggest that, if the Labour Party wishes to avoid charges of impropriety, it would be well advised to ensure that party members in Manchester Central get to choose from a shortlist of no fewer than six names.
We shall be carefully monitoring the selection, and may the best woman win.