Emily Darlington selected in Milton Keynes North

8th December, 2012 6:56 pm

Today Milton Keynes North CLP selected Emily Darlington as their candidate for the next General Election. Here’s a short biography:

Emily Darlington is a local activist in Milton Keynes. She is an associate at NESTA used to lead the Design Council programme on redesigning public services by involving service users. She also worked for Alistair Darling as a Special Adviser at the Treasury and advised the Labour government on science and innovation policy at the DTI. Before working for Labour in government, she was Head of Campaigns and Communications at the GMB trade union.

Congratulations to Emily and commiserations to the other shortlisted candidate.

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  • Another former SPAD . Not impressed

    • Dave Postles

      Once, you had to put in the spadework as a local elected member; now it’s just putting in the spadwork.

  • Another former SPAD . Not impressed

  • And Kate Godfrey selected in Stafford.

  • And Kate Godfrey selected in Stafford.

    • She looks a bit more interesting – the 12 years working in overseas development

      • She is also a former Oxfordian. I thought went against your crusade to make the entire PLP completely working-class, female, comprehensive-schooled and leftwing.

    • She looks a bit more interesting – the 12 years working in overseas development

  • NT86

    Yeah, I saw Special Adviser and was like “meh”. Where are the nurses or engineers as candidates?

    Of course both MK seats are must wins for Labour in order to re-connect with the south east.

  • NT86

    Yeah, I saw Special Adviser and was like “meh”. Where are the nurses or engineers as candidates?

    Of course both MK seats are must wins for Labour in order to re-connect with the south east.

  • NT86

    Yeah, I saw Special Adviser and was like “meh”. Where are the nurses or engineers as candidates?

    Of course both MK seats are must wins for Labour in order to re-connect with the south east.

  • NT86

    Yeah, I saw Special Adviser and was like “meh”. Where are the nurses or engineers as candidates?

    Of course both MK seats are must wins for Labour in order to re-connect with the south east.

  • NT86

    Yeah, I saw Special Adviser and was like “meh”. Where are the nurses or engineers as candidates?

    Of course both MK seats are must wins for Labour in order to re-connect with the south east.

  • NT86

    Yeah, I saw Special Adviser and was like “meh”. Where are the nurses or engineers as candidates?

    Of course both MK seats are must wins for Labour in order to re-connect with the south east.

  • NT86

    Yeah, I saw Special Adviser and was like “meh”. Where are the nurses or engineers as candidates?

    Of course both MK seats are must wins for Labour in order to re-connect with the south east.

  • NT86

    Yeah, I saw Special Adviser and was like “meh”. Where are the nurses or engineers as candidates?

    Of course both MK seats are must wins for Labour in order to re-connect with the south east.

  • NT86

    Yeah, I saw Special Adviser and was like “meh”. Where are the nurses or engineers as candidates?

    Of course both MK seats are must wins for Labour in order to re-connect with the south east.

    • jaime taurosangastre candelas

      You also have to wonder what “special advice” she was capable of giving to the Chancellor on economic matters in an unprecedented economic crisis that lifelong Treasury civil servants – most qualified economists and certainly with “the long view” over their careers – could not.

      (This is a comment on the culture of having Spads for Ministers, so beloved by all parties)

    • jaime taurosangastre candelas

      You also have to wonder what “special advice” she was capable of giving to the Chancellor on economic matters in an unprecedented economic crisis that lifelong Treasury civil servants – most qualified economists and certainly with “the long view” over their careers – could not.

      (This is a comment on the culture of having Spads for Ministers, so beloved by all parties)

      • Yes. The Tories have even more of them than we did! I think its a racket.

        • jaime taurosangastre candelas

          Mike, you are probably correct. A “racket”, taxpayer funded, and abused by all political parties. However, to not be too negative, if there is indeed a public interest in running an apprentice scheme for prospective MPs, could it not at least be sponsored by a proper university, get some MA in the Dark Arts qualification, and require these young people to pass an interview, have a competitive and transparent process, write a thesis, spend a year in a constituency, including time with the Council Benefits department, and the CAB, as well as the year in Westminster collecting email addresses and telephone numbers of important people they will later use to recommend them for a shortlist?

          Otherwise, it is a source of public money for party political training schemes.

  • Guest

    Hi Mike

    As a councillor and the campaign organiser I’m a bit puzzled as to your remark.

    Emily previously worked for the GMB and helped millions of low paid workers when she started the “fair tips” campaign to ensure all service staff received 100% of the tips they got from customers. She is a small business woman and has also worked to improve the lives of some of the poorest people in Africa. She was an advisor at the Treasury and DTI because of her experience and that is not a bad thing.

    Emily got the support of over 70% of local members. I believe that the candidate Emily beat has a great future in the party too, but I’m happy that we here in MK have a candidate as strong as Emily, who has good local links, to take the fight to the Tories at the next General Election.

    So I’m sorry that you are not impressed by one thing on Emily’s CV, but they are your preconceptions, over 70% of our MK North membership were impressed and I’m positive that over the next 2 years the people of MK will be impressed too by a great candidate.

  • Daniel Speight

    More working class candidates or was it just spin?

  • Daniel Speight

    More working class candidates or was it just spin?

  • Great choice of candidate. She’s worked in the business community, Government and the trade union movement. It’s ashamme that certain so-called ‘loyal’ party members are attacking the choice of local CLPs and have shown downright disloyalty as they showed to Steve Reed on this website.

    • Kokopops

      Oh dear, hypocrite! When a local CLP in Bristol chose Thangam Debbonaire as their candidate, i seem to remember you showing “downright disloyalty” then…one rule for you and one rule for everyone else hey! You were throwing your toys out of the pram then, attacking her pretty personally when you probably hadn’t even met her.

  • AlanGiles

    Yet another very short short-list!. The short lists are getting as small as an X Factor contestant’s talent.

    This one “advised” Alistair Darling – wasn’t Asato in Norwich an adviser to Dame Tessa?. You can only wonder at what “advice” these old salts needed from them – Darling with his gravitas and Dame T with her sixty summers (plus)…….

    • jaime taurosangastre candelas

      Alan,

      you can advise on jazz music, and probably also engineering apprentice-ships. I can advise on life saving interventions when someone is pumping out blood or has self-administered an overdose of illegal substances. This must make us together uniquely qualified to advise a minister on something like motorways or international jurisprudence****. Perhaps we should apply for a job? But maybe not – neither of us are 23 years old, with all of the experience that surely brings.

      **** This worked for the Mr Ed Miliband, except for the inconvenient fact that the only proper Government role he ever did, as the Secretary of State for the Environment he proved himself to be spectacularly incompetent (witness the Copenhagen climate change conference). But that should be no bar to the professional SpAD from achieving high office, particularly as he avoided his brother’s mistake of waving about bananas while he inexplicably won the Boy Scout “impersonation of a proper Foreign Secretary” award for 2009. There is probably a badge for that.

      (Let us not wonder into the likelihood of the sons of a Marxist, deeply rooted in London, becoming millionaire property owners through some convoluted legal “shenanigans” and altering a dead person’s will, somehow becoming MPs for poor northern towns at young ages. No, that is slightly “difficult” to explain, at least in the modern time and without reference to “parachutes”)

      • AlanGiles

        Hi Jaime,, If ever Parliament needed an expert on jazz, they have Ken Clarke, and until recently did have John Prescott. Funnily enough there IS a Parliamentary Jazz Committee (I think Bob Blezzard runs it) and they even have their own “awards” (usually given to the safe predictable and famous, which I suppose is par for the course).

        I’ll get the usual suspects having a go at me for saying this, but you do get the feeling that these “short lists” are a stitch-up, a foregone conclusion and the most painless and cheap way of getting the candidate the leadership wants: we will give you a choice of two – how very democratic. I confess to being against AWS anyway. It’s patronising to women, and it gives the impression they have to be given special treatment. It used to be jobs for the boys, which is also wrong (in every respect as we see with Cameron) but for Labour it now appears to be jobs for rather posh women, who just happen to know an important figure of yesteryear.

      • AlanGiles

        Hi Jaime,, If ever Parliament needed an expert on jazz, they have Ken Clarke, and until recently did have John Prescott. Funnily enough there IS a Parliamentary Jazz Committee (I think Bob Blezzard runs it) and they even have their own “awards” (usually given to the safe predictable and famous, which I suppose is par for the course).

        I’ll get the usual suspects having a go at me for saying this, but you do get the feeling that these “short lists” are a stitch-up, a foregone conclusion and the most painless and cheap way of getting the candidate the leadership wants: we will give you a choice of two – how very democratic. I confess to being against AWS anyway. It’s patronising to women, and it gives the impression they have to be given special treatment. It used to be jobs for the boys, which is also wrong (in every respect as we see with Cameron) but for Labour it now appears to be jobs for rather posh women, who just happen to know an important figure of yesteryear.

      • AlanGiles

        Hi Jaime,, If ever Parliament needed an expert on jazz, they have Ken Clarke, and until recently did have John Prescott. Funnily enough there IS a Parliamentary Jazz Committee (I think Bob Blezzard runs it) and they even have their own “awards” (usually given to the safe predictable and famous, which I suppose is par for the course).

        I’ll get the usual suspects having a go at me for saying this, but you do get the feeling that these “short lists” are a stitch-up, a foregone conclusion and the most painless and cheap way of getting the candidate the leadership wants: we will give you a choice of two – how very democratic. I confess to being against AWS anyway. It’s patronising to women, and it gives the impression they have to be given special treatment. It used to be jobs for the boys, which is also wrong (in every respect as we see with Cameron) but for Labour it now appears to be jobs for rather posh women, who just happen to know an important figure of yesteryear.

      • AlanGiles

        Hi Jaime,, If ever Parliament needed an expert on jazz, they have Ken Clarke, and until recently did have John Prescott. Funnily enough there IS a Parliamentary Jazz Committee (I think Bob Blezzard runs it) and they even have their own “awards” (usually given to the safe predictable and famous, which I suppose is par for the course).

        I’ll get the usual suspects having a go at me for saying this, but you do get the feeling that these “short lists” are a stitch-up, a foregone conclusion and the most painless and cheap way of getting the candidate the leadership wants: we will give you a choice of two – how very democratic. I confess to being against AWS anyway. It’s patronising to women, and it gives the impression they have to be given special treatment. It used to be jobs for the boys, which is also wrong (in every respect as we see with Cameron) but for Labour it now appears to be jobs for rather posh women, who just happen to know an important figure of yesteryear.

      • AlanGiles

        Hi Jaime,, If ever Parliament needed an expert on jazz, they have Ken Clarke, and until recently did have John Prescott. Funnily enough there IS a Parliamentary Jazz Committee (I think Bob Blezzard runs it) and they even have their own “awards” (usually given to the safe predictable and famous, which I suppose is par for the course).

        I’ll get the usual suspects having a go at me for saying this, but you do get the feeling that these “short lists” are a stitch-up, a foregone conclusion and the most painless and cheap way of getting the candidate the leadership wants: we will give you a choice of two – how very democratic. I confess to being against AWS anyway. It’s patronising to women, and it gives the impression they have to be given special treatment. It used to be jobs for the boys, which is also wrong (in every respect as we see with Cameron) but for Labour it now appears to be jobs for rather posh women, who just happen to know an important figure of yesteryear.

      • AlanGiles

        Hi Jaime,, If ever Parliament needed an expert on jazz, they have Ken Clarke, and until recently did have John Prescott. Funnily enough there IS a Parliamentary Jazz Committee (I think Bob Blezzard runs it) and they even have their own “awards” (usually given to the safe predictable and famous, which I suppose is par for the course).

        I’ll get the usual suspects having a go at me for saying this, but you do get the feeling that these “short lists” are a stitch-up, a foregone conclusion and the most painless and cheap way of getting the candidate the leadership wants: we will give you a choice of two – how very democratic. I confess to being against AWS anyway. It’s patronising to women, and it gives the impression they have to be given special treatment. It used to be jobs for the boys, which is also wrong (in every respect as we see with Cameron) but for Labour it now appears to be jobs for rather posh women, who just happen to know an important figure of yesteryear.

      • AlanGiles

        Hi Jaime,, If ever Parliament needed an expert on jazz, they have Ken Clarke, and until recently did have John Prescott. Funnily enough there IS a Parliamentary Jazz Committee (I think Bob Blezzard runs it) and they even have their own “awards” (usually given to the safe predictable and famous, which I suppose is par for the course).

        I’ll get the usual suspects having a go at me for saying this, but you do get the feeling that these “short lists” are a stitch-up, a foregone conclusion and the most painless and cheap way of getting the candidate the leadership wants: we will give you a choice of two – how very democratic. I confess to being against AWS anyway. It’s patronising to women, and it gives the impression they have to be given special treatment. It used to be jobs for the boys, which is also wrong (in every respect as we see with Cameron) but for Labour it now appears to be jobs for rather posh women, who just happen to know an important figure of yesteryear.

        • aracataca

          I thought you rather approved of posh women running political parties. I refer of course to Caroline Lucas and Guardianista Natalie Bennett both of whom come from rich right wing families, both of whom were educated at expensive and exclusive public schools and who now jointly run the Green Party.
          The Green Party had a chance to elect a working class candidate in the leadership election earlier this year but chose Bennett instead.Of course Ms Bennett was unable to tell us how many people voted for her- so very transparent and open was the election process.

      • Brumanuensis
    • jaime taurosangastre candelas

      Alan,

      you can advise on jazz music, and probably also engineering apprentice-ships. I can advise on life saving interventions when someone is pumping out blood or has self-administered an overdose of illegal substances. This must make us together uniquely qualified to advise a minister on something like motorways or international jurisprudence****. Perhaps we should apply for a job? But maybe not – neither of us are 23 years old, with all of the experience that surely brings.

      **** This worked for the Mr Ed Miliband, except for the inconvenient fact that the only proper Government role he ever did, as the Secretary of State for the Environment he proved himself to be spectacularly incompetent (witness the Copenhagen climate change conference). But that should be no bar to the professional SpAD from achieving high office, particularly as he avoided his brother’s mistake of waving about bananas while he inexplicably won the Boy Scout “impersonation of a proper Foreign Secretary” award for 2009. There is probably a badge for that.

      (Let us not wonder into the likelihood of the sons of a Marxist, deeply rooted in London, becoming millionaire property owners through some convoluted legal “shenanigans” and altering a dead person’s will, somehow becoming MPs for poor northern towns at young ages. No, that is slightly “difficult” to explain, at least in the modern time and without reference to “parachutes”)

  • AlanGiles

    Yet another very short short-list!. The short lists are getting as small as an X Factor contestant’s talent.

    This one “advised” Alistair Darling – wasn’t Asato in Norwich an adviser to Dame Tessa?. You can only wonder at what “advice” these old salts needed from them – Darling with his gravitas and Dame T with her sixty summers (plus)…….

  • Brumanuensis

    Meh, former Special Advisor. I always cringe slightly when they’re selected.

    On the other hand, she has good local connections and doesn’t seem obviously flawed. Alistair was a pretty sound fellow too.

  • Pete Marland

    As a councillor and the campaign organiser in Milton Keynes I find all your comments very, very ill-informed.

    Emily helped millions of low paid workers when she single-handedly launched the “fair tips” campaign to ensure service workers received the full tip given to them by customers when at the GMB. She is a small businesss-woman and has helped improve the lives of some of the poorest people in Africa. She was a special advisor in the Treasury and the DTI because of her experience and I don’t seem to see that as an issue. She will be a great role model, particually for our young female members, to show you can have a family, have a successful career and still become a candidate. Her grandparents were miners in Wales, from the mines to Westminster is exactly the type of progress we fight for as a party.

    Over 70% of local members supported her in selection. The defeated candidate has great future in the party (and is a local train driver) but I am realy pleased that Emily was selected in MK North to take the fight to the Tories and win back MK for Labour. The comments on the “short-short list” are way out of line as two candidates withdrew due to family and personal reasons.

    So if you review, she worked for a trade union, has her own business, was at one point an advisor to a Minister and gained over 70% of the local party support. To me that is a powerful CV. It is sad that it is your preconceptions that make you form an incorrect opinion and why local members are still best placed to make a decision on who is the correct candidate to win any particular seat. Given it is us, not you, that will knock on the doors, our informed opinions would seem better placed.

    I think Emily will make a great MP and impressed me, and I believe that in the next two years she’ll impress the people of MK so we can get rid of our useless Tory MP!

  • Fine. Its their decision, but I think that there is a reasonable concern that too many people have taken the SPAD route as a fast-track to a winnable seat. I wonl;t be voting for anyone London based or any former SPAD’s when our CLP selects again….

  • Stupid comment, displaying your own prejudices far more than mine!

    • What is prejudiced about wanting to get talents from all backgrounds in the party, rather than catering to your outdated politics. Not surprised seeing as you do not support your own Labour MP.

  • Yes. What concerns me is that so many people are just not bothering to put themselves forward any more, seeing the whole process as something they are unable to compete in

  • su maddock

    Congratulations Emily- She’s no ordinary Special Advisor Su

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