Labour selects Reed as candidate for Croydon North

Steve Reed: Lambeth councillor chosen by Croydon North members

Steve Reed is to be the Labour party candidate for the Croydon North by-election when it is staged later this month.

Inside sources suggest that Reed may have won the ballot by as few as three votes from his closest rival, Val Shawcross, after the ballot went to second preferences.

Reed was chosen after a three-hour meeting of the local Labour party at Praise House on London Road today, with members voting on five shortlisted candidates: Simon Burgess, Faz Hakim, Shawcross and Louisa Woodley were the others.

Reed’s presentation to the members was described as “inspirational”, while Shawcross’s candidacy was seen by some members as being undermined by her “dual mandate” – being a London Assembly Member and not being able to resign immediately if elected as an MP.

Labour announced its shortlist on October 24, after the Conservatives, LibDems and UKIP had chosen their candidate and begun campaigning, since when Respect, the Communists and even the Monster Raving Loony party have had candidates out on the streets of Croydon North canvassing for votes.

The by-election, which is expected to be called for November 29 after the writ is moved by Labour in parliament this week, follows the death at the end of September of Malcolm Wicks, the MP for the area for 20 years.

From first winning the seat for Labour, Wicks developed the constituency into a safe seat with a 16,000 majority at the 2010 General Election, a significant inheritance for his party successor.

The voting was conducted on the single transferable vote system, although Labour officials were reluctant to release details of the count.

Reed is a Labour councillor in Lambeth, where he has been leader of the council since 2006. Resident in Streatham Hill, he has promised to resign from the inner London council if elected as an MP.

Reed’s selection means that none of the candidates of the three major parties actually live in the constituency.

4pm update: LabourList is reporting that Reed may have won the nomination by a single vote: “Our understanding is that the first preference vote had Val Shawcross leading 88-87 over Reed. A recount was conducted which put Reed ahead 89-87. The final result after the remaining votes were redistributed was 97-96 in Reed’s favour over Shawcross.”

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1 Response to Labour selects Reed as candidate for Croydon North

  1. Lambeth United Housing Co-operative [] would like to issue the following statement in response to the news that Lambeth council leader, Steve Reed is to be Labour’s parliamentary candidate for the Croydon North by-election:

    “Based on the fairly safe assumption that Steve Reed will win the Croydon North by-election on November 29th, one of Cllr Reed’s last acts in Lambeth should be to right the wrongs that have been committed on the issue of “shortlife” housing co-ops, whereby some of the boroughs longest term residents face eviction. This issue – that has seen the break up of communities of 40 years standing – has shown the “co-operative council” to be anything but. We hope that Cllr Reed will act urgently to put his ‘co-operative council’ back on track before he leaves it.”

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