LabourList was sent the following shortlist by several sources. It includes just three candidates for Labour’s Poplar and Limehouse parliamentary selection race:
- Apsana Begum – Vice-chair of the local party, on London regional board and Momentum’s national coordinating group
- Amina Ali – Tower Hamlets councillor, Bow East ward, and council cabinet member
- Heather Peto – LGBT+ Labour co-chair and Progress activist who was on its NEC slate last year
One of these candidates will replace Jim Fitzpatrick, the sitting MP who is retiring. Although the London seat voted Remain in 2016, he has said he will vote for Boris Johnson’s Brexit deal today.
A number of local members raised concerns when the longlist – drawn up by Labour’s national executive committee (NEC) – was released, as Tower Hamlets councillor Rachel Blake had been excluded.
Many concluded that the selection was being “stitched up” for Apsana Begum, who is the applicant most supported by the Labour left as a high-profile Momentum activist.
The other most strongly supported candidate was Suzy Stride, an applicant brought up in Tower Hamlets on a council estate with experience of running as a parliamentary candidate. She is now also no longer in the running.