Exclusive: Runners and riders for Cities of London and Westminster

30th November, 2017 5:48 pm

More than 20 Labour activists have applied to be the party’s candidate in the newly marginal seat of Cities and London and Westminster.

Trade unionists, former PPCs and a series of councillors have entered the race to for the Tory-held constituency.

It was long seen as a Conservative stronghold but Mark Field’s majority was cut from nearly 10,000 to just 3,148 at the last election.

Ibrahim Dogus, a key figure behind SME4Labour, was Labour’s candidate in the City in June but has not applied again.

Here are the Labour members who are thought to have entered the race:

Murad Qureshi – former London Assembly member who campaigned against public service cuts in the capital.

Barnaby Marder – a former music shop keeper who is backed by NEC rep Christine Shawcroft.

Bill Edwards – food industry expert and former parliamentary candidate in Braintree and Bury St Edmunds.

Cate Tuitt – lawyer and former Richmond Park PPC who also served as vice-chair of London Co-op Party.

Chris Clark – transport worker and TSSA rep who sits on the TUC’s south east executive committee.

Chris Lloyd – Greenwich councillor and former PPC in Brecon and Radnorshire.

Christian Durugo – Londoner who previously served as youth officer for Broxbourne constituency party.

Denise Scott-McDonald – Greenwich council cabinet member and former television producer.

Gordon Nardell – barrister, Unite member and former Southwark councillor.

James Beckles – Newham councillor and public sector worker.

Jason Pritchard – community organiser and City of London councillor.

Joshua Garfield – youth worker and campaigner against homophobic and transphobic bullying.

Khaled Moyeed – City of London solicitor and GMB member who was recently selected to replace a sitting Haringey councillor.

Nick Donovan – campaign director for City-based Global Witness and former military bomb disposal expert.

Rehana Ameer – City of London councillor, GMB member and owner of an IT and management consulting firm.

Rob Wakeley – civil servant and former South West Hertfordshire PPC.

Rohit Dasgupta – academic who stood in East Hampshire this year.

Sucharita Sethi – communications expert who runs a small business.

Vincent Lo – contested Uxbridge and South Ruislip against Boris Johnson this year.

Sam Stopp – Brent councillor and chair of Labour Campaign to End Homelessness.

Christian Wolmar – transport author and former Richmond Park PPC who has long backed pedestrianisation of Oxford Street.

Steven Saxby – vicar backed by Unite who spent part of his childhood in the constituency.

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