Labour to pick general election candidate for Islington North next month

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Labour to pick general election candidate for Islington North next month

Labour chiefs confirm selection process in Jeremy Corbyn's current Islington North seat will be completed on June 1

Lee Harpin is the Jewish News's political editor

Keir Starmer alongside former Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn
Keir Starmer alongside former Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn

Labour has confirmed that their candidate to stand in Jeremy Corbyn’s current Islington North seat will be announced on June 1st.

Party chiefs have confirmed that the section process commenced on Wednesday, with a shortlist set to be announced on May 23.

After an online hustings for local party members, the result will be announced at the beginning of next month.

Praful Nargand, a respected local Islington councillor and innovations entrepreneur, is among those believed to be interested in standing.

Jewish News has already revealed that Paul Mason, the former BBC Newsnight business editor is understood to have confirmed to Labour chiefs that he wishes to seek selection in the seat.

It is understood that another local councillor Sheila Chapman has also been urged to attempt to stand as the Labour candidate by friends.

Meanwhile, it is understood that author Christian Wolmar is also weighing up his options.

Corbyn, who has had the whip suspended since 2020, was informed in March 2023 that he was not being endorsed by the party’s national executive committee.

In interviews Keir Starmer has also confirmed that Corbyn will not be representing Labour at the next general election.

Corbyn has been sitting in the Commons as an independent after he was suspended over his response to the damning Equalities and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) report into antisemitism in the party, which found Labour had broken equalities law.

The ex-leader, who remains a Labour member, is yet to announce whether he will run as an independent in Islington North – a seat he has held since 1983.

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