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The selection contest to become Labour’s Prospective Parliamentary Candidate in the Hornsey and Wood Green (‘H&WG’) constituency is hotting up. Lynne Featherstone, the Liberal Democrat MP, snatched the seat from Labour’s Barbara Roche with a slim 2,395 majority in May 2005. The seat will be high on Labour’s hit list next time round. Eight of the thirteen who have put themselves forward are ethnic minority candidates.
There is a strong and diverse field for members to choose from. TMP sources hear that Jan Etienne and Claudia Webbe, in particular, impressed at a recent hustings. The front runner appears to be the ever popular Leader of Islington Labour Group, Catherine West. Other notable candidates include the former head of the Department for Work and Pensions’ Ethnic Minority Employment Division, Afsana Shukur.
Four of the ten H&WG Labour Party branches will be nominating today; three more will be nominating on 9, 10 and 13 May respectively, with the last three nominating on 14 May. The shortlisting will take place on Friday 18 May.
Below is a brief profile of the runners and riders:
Catherine West: Current Leader Labour Group, Islington Council; Co-founder ‘Hotfoot’ magazine; former aide to David Lammy MP.
Jan Etienne: Lecturer; Parliamentary candidate (Southend West, 2005); Local Election Candidate (Brent, 2006); Former Brent Councillor; Black Socialist Society Executive member; BAME (“Black, Asian or minority ethnic candidate”).
Dr Anwara Ali: Current Tower Hamlets Councillor; GP; BAME.
Jayne Cecilia Buckland: Current Enfield Councillor.
Claudia Webb: Local Election Candidate (Islington, 2006); Former race advisor to the Mayor of London; Vice Chair, Trident Independent Advisory Group; BAME.
Shiria Khatun: Current Tower Hamlets Councillor; Project Manager, The Children’s Society; BAME.
Frances Crook: Director, Howard League for Penal Reform.
Afsana Shukur: Executive Director, Serco; Former Senior Civil Servant Dept. Work and Pensions: Labour Market Strategies; BAME.
Ayesha Chowdhury: Current Newham Councillor; Property Developer; BAME.
Mee-Kuen Chong: Wembley activist; BAME.
Tricia Clarke: Labour and CWU parliamentary panels member; British Telecom worker.
Nilgun Canver: Current Haringey councillor and Cabinet member for Crime and Community Safety; BAME.
There is one other candidate for whom we have no details.
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