Rotherham by-election shortlist announced

November 12, 2012 4:35 pm

The shortlist has been announced for the Rotherham by-election selection. The candidates for the Labour nomination are:

- Sarah Champion is the Chief Exec of Bluebell Wood Children’s Hospice, a role she has held since 2008. Before that she was chief executive of the Chinese Arts Centre in Manchester for 12 years.

- Sophy Gardner is a former RAF Wing Commander, who served in Iraq and Afghanistan. She was also in charge of RAF transport and refuelling assets during the 9/11 terrorist attacks and Afghanistan operations 2001-2, for which she was awarded the MBE. She’s an advocate for Labour Friends of the Forces, and runs her own communications strategy consultancy. Gardner was shortlisted for Feltham and Heston.

The selection meeting is tomorrow.

Update: We’ve spoken to a Labour source tonight who had this to day about the selection:

“This is a clean-break by-election. It is important that we have the best possible candidate to deal  with the exceptional circumstances in which this by-election is taking place.”

  • Kokopops

    Just two?

  • Kokopops

    Is Sophie Gardner, the same as Sophy Gardner who was on the shortlist for the Feltham and Heston By-election 2012 (won by Seema Malhotra).

    Sarah Champion – is she the same person: http://www.rotherhamadvertiser.co.uk/news/92864/mp-gives-bluebell-wood-3-000-gift.aspx

    http://www.rotherhamadvertiser.co.uk/news/87350/hospice-celebrates-second-anniversary-watch.aspx

    http://www.linkedin.com/pub/sarah-champion/22/57b/983

  • michaelcollins10

    I’m fairly certain it’s Sophy.

  • http://www.robbiescott.com/ Robbie Scott

    A very short short list …

  • http://www.facebook.com/Dan.Filson Daniel Filson

    Is that it? A hospice CEO and a former Wing Commander? I think the selection committee may feel they have not been given a sufficient choice and should revolt.

    • http://www.facebook.com/colin.adkins.52 Colin Adkins

      Daniel it is short shortlist because there are two not because of what they do or did.

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

    Does the party think that only ex-military candidates are acceptable in former mining towns?

  • Daniel Speight

    This points to a problem with the AWA it seems. Yet again no working class candidates.

  • http://twitter.com/ibbyullah ibby

    What happened to ‘refounding labour’? Where are the local candidates?

  • Chilbaldi

    The problems of the current AWS system are clear to see here.

  • James Jacobs

    No Mahroof Hussain? He will be disappointed.

  • Labour member

    It’s a by-election. Therefore it’s not an all-women shortlist (AWS – where only women are *allowed* to apply), just a shortlist with only women on. Sometimes women who apply are great and men are rubbish, so only women end up on the shortlist. That appears to have happened on this occasion.

    As to why only two people were shortlisted in total – that I don’t know.

  • http://twitter.com/waterwards dave stone

    From the Rotheram Politics website:

    “for those whom still carry the [membership] card they have to select a candidate not of their choosing, award them a safe seat for life and tomorrow go out into the cold and rain to deliver election material…

    Mugs every one of them!”

    http://rotherhampolitics.wordpress.com/2012/11/13/rotherham-by-election-daily-news-digest-13th-nov/

    • http://www.facebook.com/Dan.Filson Daniel Filson

      It is not a safe seat for life, as D McShane found out.

  • Dave Postles

    ‘This is Rotherham’:

    Simon Charlesworth, A Phenomenology of Working-Class Experience (CUP, 1999) (get past the sociology and perceive the immense deprivation and desperation).

  • http://www.facebook.com/barbara.boyce Barbara Boyce

    They may be looking for a clean break, which is understandable, but surely there should be stronger links and empathy with deprived Yorkshire communities? And two is not enough choice. Personally I’m uncomfortable with the tendency towards ex-military Labour candidates.

  • http://www.facebook.com/Dan.Filson Daniel Filson

    But you need to give the selection committee a choice, and two non-local candidates does not constitute sufficient choice, as many members at the selection conference seem to think and so agree with me.

  • jaime taurosangastre candelas

    I accidentally clicked on “dislike” when aiming for “reply”. I don’t dislike Barbara’s comment, but did want to ask how and why you see a tendency for ex-military candidates? As far as I can see, there is Dan Jarvis who it seems to me is a very thoughtful and conscientious MP, but are there very many others? Well, there is Eric Joyce, but he to me is not so much an ex-forces MP as a dangerously violent drunk-ard who should no longer be there at all.

    On a broader perspective, our armed forces have some deep roots into our society, and our society has generally an empathy with what they do for us, separating individual service from unpopular policy that sends them into some danger. I do. To me, it is important that Labour has among the representatives in Westminster people who can understand and articulate the voice of our volunteer forces, just as much as other public service groups, if they are also assiduous constituency MPs.

  • Pingback: The Rotherham debacle: time to reform selections | Left Futures

Latest

  • News Blair says the West must be prepared to work with Putin and the Egyptian military

    Blair says the West must be prepared to work with Putin and the Egyptian military

    Tony Blair may not have been Prime Minister for nearly seven years now, but his views – particularly on foreign policy – are always newsworthy. This morning he gave a wide-ranging and controversial speech at Bloomberg’s London HQ on the Middle East, urging the West not to pull back from the Middle East as an unsolvable problem, but to engage. Although despite the billing, this was as much a speech about faith as it was about geo-politics. At the roots of Blair’s […]

    Read more →
  • News Labour set up rapid rebuttal unit for election campaign

    Labour set up rapid rebuttal unit for election campaign

    Labour plan to step up their media monitoring process in the run up to the 2015 general election, according to The Independent. A team will be in charge of rebutting negative media to avoid a re-run of the 1992 election, where an onslaught of attacks from the press played their part in a unexpected Conservative victory. Michael Dugher, the MP in charge of Labour’s communications, is this week in the US discussing strategy with new appointment David Axelrod and other political […]

    Read more →
  • Featured UKIP, England and St George

    UKIP, England and St George

    Labour tends to view UKIP like Nelson viewed the signal at the Battle of Copenhagen. He held the telescope to his blind eye and said, ‘I really do not see the signal’.  Our image of  UKIP is a protest vehicle for disaffected, older, right wing Tories in the South. But UKIP represents more significant trends than this caricature suggests. UKIP is a symptom of the deep social and economic changes that have taken place over the last thirty years. Its […]

    Read more →
  • News Why are the Lib Dems so shy?

    Why are the Lib Dems so shy?

    Regular readers will know that we’re always keeping an eye on Lib Dems leaflets. Their local propaganda sheets are always good for a questionable bar chart, or forgetting the name of the generic place their text is for – but they can also be quite shy about their party affiliation too. For example, take the “Islington Chronicle”. Sounds like a local paper, and there’s no Lib Dem logo and barely a splash of their trademark yellow. But it is, in […]

    Read more →
  • News Scotland Seats and Selections Have the Tories given up on Scotland?

    Have the Tories given up on Scotland?

    This morning we noted that the Tories haven’t selected candidates in nearly half of the most marginal Labour and Lib Dem seats. But what’s particularly telling is that in over 60% of target seats in the Midlands and the North they have so far failed to select a candidate, while the Independent claims that in Scotland there are no Tory parliamentary candidates at all. However, Mark Wallace over at ConHome notes that the Tories have in fact selected a total of two […]

    Read more →