Two more candidates selected in target seats

2nd September, 2013 3:46 pm

Another week, another round of Labour selections. One PPC selected this weekend, Will Straw, is already making headlines, whilst Sarah Sackman received a warm welcome as Labour’s new candidate in Finchley & Golders Green.

sarah sackmanFinchley & Golders Green: This leafy North London constituency selected lawyer Sarah Sackman as their new PPC on Sunday. She was born in East Finchley, grew up in the constituency and campaigned passionately to save Friern Barnet Library from closure. Sarah acts as a barrister in public planning and environmental law. She’s also a member of the Jewish Labour Movement and spent some time working at Israel’s Supreme Court in Jerusalem. Sarah will have to fight hard to win the seat, no. 89 on Labour’s list of target seats in 2015, held by the Tories by a majority of 5,809 in 2010.

will_strawRossendale & Darwen: This Lancashire constituency is no. 70 of Labour’s target seats. This weekend local Labour members selected Will Straw as their new PPC. Will’s selection made headlines in the Daily Mail and the New Statesman (and not just because his father Jack is Labour MP in the neighbouring constituency Blackburn). Will was President of the Oxford University Students’ Union (OUSU), founded the political blog Left Foot Forward, and is an associate director at IPPR. Now he will have to fight to turn Rossendale and Darwen red again, after the seat swung to the Tories in 2010.

  • ColinAdkins

    Oh great prospectively another Oxbridge educated MP just what we need. By the way the Oxford Union has more to do with mass debating rather than collective action.

    • Jack Tindale

      The Oxford Union and Oxfrod Students’ Union are not the same thing.

  • Robbie Scott

    “Another week, another round of Labour selections”. You haven’t had one since the 25th of July !

  • Daniel Speight

    The rise of the red princes begins. Where’s Blair’s kid now?

    • Mike Homfray

      Think that’s a bit unfair. Will Straw has been prominent in left-of-centre research work for a number of years, and seems sharp and intelligent. While I don’t like dynasties where someone appears out of nowhere solely because of the family connection, this can’t be said here

      • ColinAdkins

        I agree in part. But the family obviously gave him the connections. I think the Oxbridge network is more relevant.
        On the family thing I always remember when I worked with Hilary Benn at MSF. I was asked by the then GS to take on part of his research brief to free him up to pursue his political career. They hadn’t thought I may have liked one.

      • Daniel Speight

        So Mike how much work has the younger Straw done outside the political bubble?

        You can’t only be against dynasties when the prince or princess are right-wing. When they are to the left it’s still the same thing. Even the Benn dynasty is into something like its 6th generation now. Enough’s enough – let them get a real job. (Which is also my view on the real royalty and aristocracy.)

      • The_Average_Joe_UK

        Will Straw. He will be another, Blair or David Miliband. You’ll soon learn to fall out of love.

  • Guest

    He can’t be any worse than Janet Anderson.

  • Chilbaldi

    Sarah Sackman looks a really impressive candidate – best of luck to her. And she’s a woman selected on a competitive open shortlist – how it should be.

  • driver56

    I used to live in the Rossendale and Darwen area, I am afraid to say I don’t feel confident this candidate will take the seat back for labour. Being Jack Straws son is a handicap in this area. Labour seem to be one step behind the tories all the time, have we got a mole in camp?

  • Jack Froud

    Get real Mike Homfray. Where do you think Will Straw got his opportunities from. There are good kids who actually live in this county that don’t stand a chance against a hand reared son of a cabinet minister born with every advantage in life.

    Labour Members WAKE UP. Stop voting for people on the off chance you’ll be thrown crumbs from the table of their established parents, and actually ask yourself, whilst this candidate is intelligent and has all the right expirience, how did they get where they are, and does it matter to you what message this sends to every other person young and old who will have a little less faith in the system and a little less belief in themselves


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