Vicky Foxcroft selected as Labour’s PPC for Lewisham Deptford

18th May, 2013 3:08 pm

Vicky Foxcroft has been selected by Lewisham Deptford CLP as the party’s candidate for 2015 at a selection meeting this afternoon. Here’s a brief biography:

imagesVicky grew up in the North West in a single parent household, and was the first person in her family to go to university. She has held many positions in the party including Chair of Labour Students, has sat on the National Policy Forum and is currently a local councillor and is Chair of Lewisham Labour group. In her day job, she represents low-paid workers in high-street banks for Unite. Recently she led the Save Lewisham Hospital campaign for Labour and has been instrumental in bringing about the first new council house building in Lewisham in over 30 years. Foxcroft received the backing of every ward in the CLP, the woman’s committee as well as all affiliated trade unions.

Congratulations to Vicky, and commiserations to the other shortlisted candidates.

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  • The other candidates shortlisted were: Janet Daby, Paula Hirst, Florence Nosegbe,
    Catherine McDonald and Mendora Ogbogto.

    Two more selections between last night and today: Alun Pugh was chosen in Arfon and Rob Marris has been reselected in Wolverhampton South West.

    A few days ago,the shortlist for Bristol South (where Dawn Primarolo is retiring) has also been confirmed. It’s made up of: Barbara Brown, Amanda Ramsay and Karin Smyth.

    • NT86

      Rob Marris was meant to be a pretty good MP when he represented that seat. It’s definitely on Labour’s radar. Paul Uppal has a very small majority to overturn.

  • Kokopops

    I thought Janet Daby had the backing of CWU?
    So all that talk about needing PPCs with real-life experience, another candidate selected thru that conveyor belt of Labour Students/Young Labour + a few years experience of working at a Union (a CV enhancer to ease that path to becoming an MP, perhaps?) + think tank groupie etc. still no nurses, doctors, real jobs etc.

    Secondly, frustrating following Croydon North (minority majority) another seat with a high BME vote (Lewisham Deptford in the top 3 constituency in the country for population of Afro-Carribeans), we still have a paucity of BME MPs – wouldn’t be surprised if the Tories overtake Labour on that count by 2015, even though BMEs overwhelmingly vote Labour – are there votes good enough but their representation not so?

    Pathetic really

  • Vote tally

    Foxcroft 169 McDonald 87 Nosegbe 40 Hirst 21 Daby 13 Ogbogto 6

  • JC

    At least she has a strong connection with the place!

  • She sounds like a decent candidate to me

  • I really don’t think you can call being a regional organiser for a union as the same as being a SPAD. Surely working for a union puts you right at the heart of working for people?
    I’d also like to see more BME MP’s but if they are backed by Progress – no, ta. Too many of them already

    • Too many of them already? There is a paucity of black and ethnic minority MPs. Being a union official is basically the same as being a SpAd because it is a privilege and shows you are connected to the powerhouses of the party.

      • MikeHomfray

        Too many Progress MPs

  • ColinAdkins

    I know Vicky from working with at her at Amicus (now Unite). An excellent choice.
    This is said by a Londoner supporting the candidacy of a Bolton ‘lass’. Where are those northerners complaining about Londoners taking northen seats when we need them? If Lonodners adopted the same narrow minded attitude to this selection Vicky wouldn’t have been selected.

  • I completely agree with you on the BME stuff. The Tories are doing extremely well and have 4 Mps with African or Caribbean heritage to Labour’s 5. Also it’s worth pointing out that the Tories stand BME candidates in non ‘urban’ seats. I think I’m right in saying that nearly every single Labour’s BME MP represent a urban seat or one where where there is a large ethnic minority contingent. If white Conservatives (typically) can vote for Adam Afriyie in Windsor I think we ought to start encouraging ethnic minority candidates to stand in places without large ethnic minority communities.

    • MikeHomfray

      We doubt have that many safe seats without ME communities. For the Tories it’s the opposite

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