A Harrow councillor failed in her bid to become the new general secretary of the Labour Party as a six-person shortlist was announced.

Cllr Pamela Fitzpatrick, who represents Headstone South ward, put her name forward for the role of Labour’s most senior employee after being “contacted by members who want an end to a culture of bullying and abuse” within the party.

Despite receiving endorsements from several councillors and Labour groups, she was not selected for the shortlist, which was announced yesterday (May 21).

She tweeted: “It seems I didn’t get through to the final round for general secretary.

“I found out by (a) tweet rather than through the normal channels of communication most employers use.

“Thank you to all those who have sent such wonderful messages of support. I am genuinely humbled.”

The position became vacant after trade unionist Jennie Formby – appointed in 2018 – stepped down following the election of Sir Keir Starmer as Labour leader.

Former assistant general secretary David Evans is widely seen as the frontrunner to replace her and is considered to be the favoured candidate of the party’s new leadership.

He is joined on the shortlist by former Basildon council leader Byron Taylor, former West Midlands MEP Neena Gill, former Co-operative Party general secretary Karin Christiansen and president of the National Education Union Amanda Martin.

Andrew Fisher, former executive director of policy and research under Jeremy Corbyn, makes up the list and is seen as the candidate representing the ‘Labour left’.

The party’s full national executive committee will hold a vote on the remaining candidates on Tuesday (May 26).