Feltham and Heston candidate selected

November 27, 2011 5:17 pm

At a selection meeting this afternoon – the culmination of a quickfire selection process – Feltham and Heston CLP chose their candidate for the upcoming by-election from a shortlist drawn up by an NEC panel earlier this week. The candidate chosen was Seema Malhotra.

Seema Malhotra grew up in Feltham, and went to school in Heston. She is co-founder and Director of the Fabian Womens Network and a former National Chair of the Fabian Society, as well as a former adviser to Harriet Harman during her stint as leader of the opposition last year.

Congratulations to Seema and commiserations to the other shortlisted candidates. We’ll be keeping an eye on the campaign – and bringing you coverage of the by-election, ahead of polling day on December 15th.

  • Steve McEvoy

    Wow, labour list got that news fast! Seema was my number one choice. She stood out as the most passionate candidate at the hustings. 

  • James Watkins

    Seema will be a great candidate and a great MP.

    Congratulations, Seema

    James

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Mike-Homfray/510980099 Mike Homfray

    This is a good choice. I think someone from the local community will be able to represent the people of the areas well

  • http://twitter.com/howarddawber Howard Dawber

    I have known Seema for about 17 years, she will make a great candidate and hopefully an excellent MP. She’s local, she’s hardworking and she’s a great advocate.

    • Azhar Ali

      Seema has worked hard at all levels in the party and will prove to be a great MP and champion for the people of her constituency 

  • Daniel Speight

    I wonder if this shows the power of Harman and middle-class women in the party?

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Mike-Homfray/510980099 Mike Homfray

      She’s local, so I wouldn’t have thought it would have made any difference at all

      • Anonymous

        Very local, in fact just down the road. she lives in a lovely £3 million mansion on the King’s Road. A millionaire living in bankers row, just the person you claim to despise, no?

  • Cllr David Hughes

    Seema was the best choice by far, she gave a fantastic speech which united young an old and she showed that she had extensive knowledge of the area the membership where delighted to vote and endorse Seema.

  • Dr Graham Giles MBE

    Outstanding, tremendous candidate, and sure to be a potent new voice on the Labour benches – moving forward fast.  With a powerful campaign organisation already in place she’ll be hitting the ground running for sure.

  • Yzabel Field

    Alan Keen was a Labour and Co-operative M.P.   Is Seema standing as a Labour and Co-operative candidate, or just Labour?

    Yzabel Field.

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  • Daniel Speight

    As John Reid says, isn’t it about time we started to encourage working class candidates of all races, creeds and genders? Doesn’t look like that’s happening here does it?

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  • psehyth

    And how old is this one?   What actual experience of work and life?

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