Labour will select candidates for 75 key marginals including Boris Johnson’s seat by the end of the year, according to a leaked list.
Jeremy Corbyn aims to reclaim a series of a middle England and heartland constituencies such as Morley and Outwood, Nuneaton and Corby, as well as taking previously safe Tory seats, by installing PPCs in the coming three months in preparation for the next general election.
The full list of early selections, published today on LabourList, ranges across England and including traditional battlegrounds such as Thurrock as well as new marginals such as the Cities of London and Westminster.
It does not amount to a list of the full top 75 targets, because it does not reflect the winnable seats in Scotland and Wales, where the executives will have responsibility for deciding the process to select candidates in their respective nations.
It shows, however, the breadth and detail of Corbyn’s ambition as he aims to complete the journey from 100-1 outsider for the Labour leadership to a radical left-wing prime minister.
This summer party headquarters began to contact constituency Labour parties (CLPs) to ask if they wish to have an all-women shortlist.
Last night a spokeswoman for the Labour Party declined to comment on the leaked list.