Anna Perrett has been selected as Labour’s parliamentary candidate for York Outer and will fight for the currently Tory-held marginal seat at the next election.
The local activist was backed by Corbynite group Momentum, and the York branch tweeted its congratulations accordingly.
— Anna Perrett (@AnnaPerrett) November 17, 2018
Congratulations to @AnnaPerrett, Labour’s candidate in York Outer. We look forward to getting out on the doorstep and getting you elected, so we can kick this rotten tory government out as soon as possible ✊
— Momentum York (@YorkMomentum) November 17, 2018
Perrett will be replacing Fiona Derbyshire, who was selected in December 2017 as a Momentum-endorsed candidate but stood down as in May. Derbyshire at the time cited an overwhelming workload, and said: “It’s fair to say I thought I was experienced in the knocks you get in politics, but this has been a lot bloodier than I thought.”
But Derbyshire then also resigned as a local councillor in August, pointing to Labour’s national positions on antisemitism and Brexit. Along with co-councillor Hilary Shepherd, she now represents ‘Independent Socialists York’ on York City Council.
In the snap election early this year, 21-year-old Luke Charters-Reid stood for Labour in the constituency and cut sitting MP Julian Sturdy’s majority from 13,129 to 8,289.