It is now almost a given that Cllr Virendra Sharma will be the Labour party candidate running for the Ealing Southall seat. This is a huge shame because, as one party member told me earlier this morning, they have traded one old and out-of-touch fogey for another. My view is that Sharma will win not because he avoided the factionalism or most likely to get the party votes, but because he managed to woo all the cronies that previously backed Piara Khabra. And guess what, Keith bloody Vaz was on the selection panel. The Labour party has stubbornly stayed away despite knowing all the dirty politics and factionalism at local level, and now they have this mess. They lost the opportunity to give Sonika Nirwal the chance to become the first
Asian woman MP in history and cement its reputation as the natural home for ethnic minorities. It has instead become, in Southall, the natural home for cronyism and dirty politics. But the best thing that could happen for the area and the local Labour
party is that they get routed in this by-election and come back in the general election when boundary changes make it easier for them to reclaim the seat, with the factionalism and old 80 yr old councillors who can barely speak English flushed out. I’ve met Cllr Sharma, he’s not that bad but there are plenty others who are. Either way, a huge missed opportunity for Labour. Respect have also announced their candidate - Salvinder Dhillon, another Sikh man. He will no doubt try and mop up the anti-war vote. The only one who has brand recognition is Tony Lit.
Wednesday, July 04, 2007
Keith Vaz Selects Labour's By Election Candidate!
The Pickled Politics blog has just reported that the disgraced Labour MP Keith Vaz is playing a key role in the selection of Labour's candidate in the Ealing Southall by-election, and is even on the selection panel. Sunny Hundal writes...