Activists concerned about possible selection of Harriet Harman's husband

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LABOUR activists could be on a collision course with national party bosses over a reported plan to parachute in Harriet Harman’s husband to the so-called safe seat of Leyton and Wanstead.

Jack Dromey is rumoured to be in the running to replace Harry Cohen, who is stepping down over the MPs’ expenses scandal.

But members of the constituency party are said to be angry that a prospective parliamentary candidate could imposed on them by Labour bigwigs.

The seat is the only one in London without a Labour candidate and the selection process is set to be delayed for another two months.

The Liberal Democrat and Conservative candidates have been campaigning in the area for some time, leaving activists concerned that Labour may be losing ground.

London regional director Ken Clark admitted the selection process will be held up until at least January despite reports it would be finalised at a meeting of the local party this week.

Mr Clark said he was “not part of any discussions” about bringing Mr Dromey into Leyton and Wanstead, but said he thought he would "make a very good MP".

However, Greg Elgin, constituency chairman, said he would be "somewhat aggrieved" if it happened.

Labour has a notional majority of about 7,000 in Leyton and Wanstead but fears have been raised over the possibility that a row over selection could hurt the party's chances.

As well as being married to Ms Harman, Mr Dromey is the deputy general secretary of the trade union Unite and is also the treasurer of the Labour party.

Mr Dromey refused to confirm or deny yesterday whether he had discussed the plans with party officials, but said there were discussions 'within the past few days'.

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9:44am Thu 12 Nov 09

Techno2 says...

The Labour Party really hasn't learned anything, has it? The LibDems and Tories must be licking their lips.
The Labour Party really hasn't learned anything, has it? The LibDems and Tories must be licking their lips. Techno2
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9:55am Thu 12 Nov 09

Sassy5000 says...

The guardian already reported this half a year ago! why is this news again?
The guardian already reported this half a year ago! why is this news again? Sassy5000
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10:50am Thu 12 Nov 09

Morris Hickey says...

No all women short-list then?
No all women short-list then? Morris Hickey
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11:27am Thu 12 Nov 09

Techno2 says...

Sassy5000 wrote:
The guardian already reported this half a year ago! why is this news again?
To inform the public?
[quote][p][bold]Sassy5000[/bold] wrote: The guardian already reported this half a year ago! why is this news again?[/p][/quote]To inform the public? Techno2
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1:28pm Thu 12 Nov 09

PCanal says...

Setting aside the breathtaking hypocrisy of Harriet Harperson temporarily eschewing all women short lists ("hat tip" to Morris Hickey), this will make the seat a straight fight between Ed Northover and Farook Querishi.

The Waltham Forest Labour Party are in meltdown; racially motivated councillor deselection; subsequent defections; millions mislaid or squandered by a cadre of now departed officers (not) led by Clyde Loakes and co; Leytonstone Town Centre abandoned. And that's before the Harry Cohen effect further decimates the core vote.

I would urge Mr Harman to stand somewhere else (Bolivia perhaps?) and let Messrs Northover and Quereshi slug it out.
Setting aside the breathtaking hypocrisy of Harriet Harperson temporarily eschewing all women short lists ("hat tip" to Morris Hickey), this will make the seat a straight fight between Ed Northover and Farook Querishi. The Waltham Forest Labour Party are in meltdown; racially motivated councillor deselection; subsequent defections; millions mislaid or squandered by a cadre of now departed officers (not) led by Clyde Loakes and co; Leytonstone Town Centre abandoned. And that's before the Harry Cohen effect further decimates the core vote. I would urge Mr Harman to stand somewhere else (Bolivia perhaps?) and let Messrs Northover and Quereshi slug it out. PCanal
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