Sadiq Khan responds to Bradford West report

January 28, 2013 2:38 pm

As reported on LabourList this morning, there’s a report out today from Democratic Audit on Labour’s shock loss in the Bradford West by-election. Sadiq Khan, who headed up the Labour National Executive Committee panel which carried out an investigation after the Bradford West by-election, has responded to the report, saying:

“The Bradford West by election last year was very disappointing for Labour but we are determined to win the seat back at the next General Election. That is why Ed Miliband visited Bradford several times and set up a panel, headed by me, to launch an immediate investigation into how we can learn lessons from the result and change our Party in Bradford.
 
“We produced a report with recommendations which are being implemented, including a Future Candidate’s Programme for Bradford, which is designed to find a new generation of potential Labour candidates who are leaders in their community. The selection process is changing, there are women and young people’s forums being established, and Labour is determined to be a strong voice for people of Bradford on the issues that matter to them.”
 

  • Chilbaldi

    “The selection process is changing”
    There is very strong recent evidence that points to the contrary.

    • aracataca

      Actually the recent selection in Great Yarmouth is encouraging.

      • NT86

        Also the PPC for Carlisle is quite promising too. That election battleground is particularly interesting to me, as it’s where I was born :)

      • Kokopops

        Great Yarmouth’s PPC is encouraging but nevertheless. she is currently an aide to an MP (i.e she works in Parliament already). It is only when someone is selected in a winnable seat, who is completely unconnected as a career politician, when it would be safe to assume that the selection process is selecting “normal” people.

        New Labour in the late 1990s and early 2000s, when Mandelson et al was at the helm of candidate selection processes, where sifting thru “awkward” candidates thru interviewing candidates (you get a glimpse of this in Oona King’s Memoirs) – I hope the Futures Programme will not be doing this i.e. not only showing up potential candidates who would be willing and non-complaining slaves to the party hierachy and getting rid off and thus making them unselectable, the candidates who are more likely to make a noise against silly New Labour style policies e.g. Foundation Hospitals, Iraq War etc.

    • reformist lickspittle

      Is there??

      Please don’t mention Rotherham, that was very unusual in several ways.

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