Former Harlow Labour General Election candidate named in list of candidates who may stand in Poplar

HERE is a name from the past that has cropped up.

We have read via the Labour List website that Suzy Stride, who was the Labour candidate for Harlow in 2015 is hoping to be selected as a candidate in East London.

The MP for Poplar and Limehouse, Jim Fitzpatrick is standing down at the next General Election. It will be an all-women shortlist (AWS).

In alphabetical order, here are the names doing the rounds in the local party now that it is an AWS seat. Some are confirmed as seeking selection, others not. This list will be continuously updated as tips come in…

Amina Ali – Tower Hamlets councillor, Bow East ward, and council cabinet member. Momentum member. Reportedly interested at first, but now said to have decided against standing.

Asra Anjum – P&L CLP secretary and LCF secretary. Only rumoured to be interested.

Apsana Begum – Vice-chair (membership) of P&L CLP, a member of London Labour’s executive committee and Momentum’s national coordinating group. Born and raised in Tower Hamlets, she was until recently the CLP secretary. On the Labour left. Good chance of winning the selection and likely the best chance of securing NEC support.

Asma Begum – Tower Hamlets councillor, Bow West ward, and deputy mayor for community safety and equalities. GMB and Momentum member.

Rachel Blake – Tower Hamlets councillor, Bow East ward, and deputy mayor for planning and air quality. Backed Yvette Cooper in 2015 and signed letter calling for Jeremy Corbyn’s resignation in 2016. Favoured by Corbynsceptics.

Sabina Khan – Former councillor in Brent, during which time she was criticised by Labour members for low attendance of council meetings. Thought to have lived in the area for around a year.

Suzy Stride – Brought up in Tower Hamlets on a council estate. Christian. Stood as Labour candidate for Harlow in 2015. Favoured by local Corbynsceptics, but thought to have a lower chance of success than Rachel Blake.

Deeba Syed – Sexual harassment lawyer and Labour member in neighbouring Bethnal Green and Bow. Went on the Jo Cox Women in Leadership Programme. Only rumoured to be interested.

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