Cummings and Young head Labour by-election shortlist

Labour has whittled down its candidates to stand for election to the council in West Thornton ward to a shortlist of five, all of whom are from a black or minority ethnic background, and three of whom are women.

Callton Young, centre, is among Labour's five-strong short-list for West Thornton ward

Callton Young, centre, is among Labour’s five-strong shortlist for West Thornton ward

The by-election, which is expected to be held on May 5 alongside the London Mayoral vote, has been called following the resignation of The Hon Emily Benn, who is flitting off to New York to pursue her career in a merchant bank.

The local Labour Party is understood to have received applications from more than a dozen members, keen to be picked to stand in the ultra-safe ward in Croydon North.

Following a meeting yesterday, the shortlist is:

Patsy Cummings: new chair of Croydon North CLP

Patsy Cummings: ‘strong candidate’

Patsy Cummings is the recently elected chair of Croydon North constituency Labour Party. West Thornton could be third time lucky for Cummings. In 2014, she was one of three candidates standing in Tory-held Fairfield ward, where she out-polled her party colleagues and got within 500 votes of the third Conservative candidate, while last year, she missed out on selection for the Selhurst by-election.

Callton Young is a former senior civil servant in the environment department who was awarded the OBE in 2007. He has been a governor at St Giles special school in South Croydon for more than 15 years, including a spell as chair. He has also been a leading organiser of the annual Thornton Heath Festival.

Chaudry Khan has managed to get himself on to the shortlist, which is probably just as well: he is the chair of Labour’s West Thornton ward group.

Janet Campbell is active in the community, where she is known for fostering teenaged children.

Felicity Triner works as a supply teacher.

Young and Cummings must be reckoned to be the front-runners to join West Thornton’s sitting councillors Bernadette Khan and Stuart King. “It’s a very strong field,” one senior Labour official told Inside Croydon tonight.

The selection meeting to choose the candidate will be held on Wednesday, March 30.

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1 Response to Cummings and Young head Labour by-election shortlist

  1. davidjl2014 says:

    But will the Labour party bother to find out if Callton Young is married before they adopt him as a candidate?
    If he is, then I’m sure his wife will have something to say about him being photographed with his arms around two attractive young ladies! If elected it could precipitate further divorce proceedings amongst Labour Councillors in the Thornton Heath area. By the time Brother Newman gets thrown out after the next Council Elections he could resurrect his career in a different form of Counselling.
    Marriage Guidance.

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