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Maximum diversity, maximum choice

pictures of all 6 potential Labour Leadership candidatesYou can make a difference to Labour’s Leadership election.  Whoever you’re thinking of voting for, Labour deserves the widest possible choice. What does it say to Labour voters if we choose from a list of white male Oxbridge graduates? Diversity was hardly a feature of Labour’s election campaign. The brothers Millband are safely there and Ed Balls not far off. Lets make sure we have all six on the ballot paper.

These are the MPs who have neither nominated nor publicly backed a candidate.  Lobby them now before it’s too late:

Heidi Alexander (Lewisham East); Rushanara Ali (Bethnal Green & Bow); Graham Allen (Nottingham North); Adrian Bailey (West Bromwich West); Margaret Beckett (Derby South); Luciana Berger (Liverpool Wavertree); Clive Betts (Sheffield South East); Ben Bradshaw (Exeter); Gordon Brown (Kirkcaldy & Cowdenbeath); Nick Brown (Newcastle Upon Tyne East); Richard Burden (Birmingham, Northfield); Liam Byrne (Birmingham, Hodge Hill); Martin Caton (Gower); Katy Clark (North Ayrshire & Arran); Tom Clarke (Coatbridge Chryston & Bellshill); Stella Creasy (Walthamstow); Jon Cruddas (Dagenham and Rainham); John Cryer (Leyton and Wanstead); Alex Cunningham (Stockton North); Tony Cunningham (Workington); Nick Dakin (Scunthorpe); Simon Danczuk (Rochdale); Alistair Darling (Edinburgh South West); Ian Davidson (Glasgow South West); Geraint Davies (Swansea West); Thomas Docherty (Dunfermline & West Fife); Brian Donohoe (Central Ayrshire); Frank Doran (Aberdeen North); Jim Dowd (Lewisham West and Penge); Gemma Doyle (West Dunbartonshire); Jack Dromey (Birmingham Erdington); Maria Eagle (Garston and Halewood); Angela Eagle (Wallasey); Barry Gardiner (Brent North); Sheila Gilmore (Edinburgh East); Mary Glindon (North Tyneside); Roger Godsiff (Birmingham, Hall Green); Tom Greatrex (Rutherglen and Hamilton West); Kate Green (Stretford and Urmston); Lilian Greenwood (Nottingham South); Nia Griffith (Llanelli); Harriet Harman (Camberwell and Peckham); Mark Hendrick (Preston); David Heyes (Ashton-Under-Lyne); Meg Hillier (Hackney South and Shoreditch); Kelvin Hopkins (Luton North); Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley); Huw Irranca-Davies (Ogmore); Glenda Jackson (Hampstead and Kilburn); Sian James (Swansea East); Cathy Jamieson (Kilmarnock and Loudoun); Graham Jones (Hyndburn); Kevan Jones (North Durham); Gerald Kaufman (Manchester, Gorton); Elizabeth Kendall (Leicester West); Ian Lavery (Wansbeck); Tony Lloyd (Manchester Central); Andy Love (Edmonton); Denis MacShane (Rotherham); Fiona Mactaggart (Slough); Shabana Mahmood (Birmingham Ladywood); Gregg McClymont (Cumbernauld, Kilsyth & Kirkintilloch East); Alison McGovern (Wirral South); Michael Meacher (Oldham West and Royton); Alun Michael (Cardiff South and Penarth); Austin Mitchell (Great Grimsby); Graeme Morrice (Livingston); Lisa Nandy (Wigan); Fiona O’Donnell (East Lothian); Chi Onwurah (Newcastle Upon Tyne Central); Teresa Pearce (Erith and Thamesmead); Toby Perkins (Chesterfield); Dawn Primarolo (Bristol South); Yasmin Qureshi (Bolton South East); Jonathan Reynolds (Stalybridge and Hyde); Emma Reynolds (Wolverhampton North East); Geoffrey Robinson (Coventry North West); Lindsay Roy (Glenrothes); Frank Roy (Motherwell & Wishaw); Barry Sheerman (Huddersfield); Gavin Shuker (Luton South); Marsha Singh (Bradford West); Dennis Skinner (Bolsover); Andrew Smith (Oxford East); John Spellar (Warley); Jack Straw (Blackburn); Graham Stringer (Blackley and Broughton); Gisela Stuart (Birmingham, Edgbaston); Jon Trickett (Hemsworth Clp); Karl Turner (Kingston Upon Hull East); Joan Walley (Stoke-On-Trent North); Tom Watson (West Bromwich East); David Winnick (Walsall North); Shaun Woodward (St Helens South and Whiston).

One Comment

  1. Matthew Stiles says:

    Good post. At the Grimmer Up North website, Bob Piper has posted the following suggestion:

    “Both of the front runners in the Labour Party leadership election have said they want the widest possible contest. On that basis I would urge anyone who has not yet nominated a candidate to take David and Ed at their word, and help to allow all six candidates to get the requisite number of nominations. This would ensure the members of the Party get to hear a variety of views about the way forward for Labour, and will give the greatest degree of legitimacy to the victor. ”

    MP’s only have one nomination though and so I would encourage a nomination for a left winger pointing out that left policy positions are supported by a large proportion of the party eg candidates of the Centre-left Grassroots Alliance have regularly polled about 50% of the vote in the elections to the NEC.

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