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Labour announce candidates for Cities of London and Westminster

Jeremy Corbyn’s former political secretary, Mastermind semi-finalist and housing activist make the cut

25 October, 2019 — By Tom Foot

Walden House campaigner Liza Begum is running 

A TENANTS’ champion, Jeremy Corbyn’s former political secretary, a sexual harassment lawyer and a Mastermind semi-finalist are vying to be Labour’s Cities of London and Westminster parliamentary candidate.

Liza Begum, the local Labour Party’s vice-chair for campaigns, has been leading the fight to stop the demolition of Walden House and the Cundy Street estate in Belgravia.

She will be facing competition from national co-ordinator of Momentum, Laura Parker, formerly Jeremy Corbyn’s political secretary and the vice-chair of Momentum, Emina Ibrahim.

Publicity chief Christine Quigley, who reached a semi-final on Mastermind with a chosen specialised subject of Margaret Atwood’s MaddAaddam novels, is on the list along with Deeba Syed, a sexual harassment lawyer and women’s rights activist.

The long-list has been announced two weeks after Rev Steven Saxby, the previous candidate selected in 2018, stepped down due to a Labour Party inquiry into allegations of sexual misconduct.

The three men on the long-list are barrister Gordon Nardell, who worked on the Labour Party’s anti-Semitism internal probe; Rajesh Agrawal, a former deputy mayor of London for business; and the first ever Labour councillor in the West End Westminster Labour’s environment chief Cllr Pancho Lewis.

But Christian Wolmar, the transport expert who lost by just eight votes to Mr Saxby in the last selection contest, said he was “very saddened” to have not made the long-list despite announcing he had applied.


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