Below is an interesting article about how Labour allegedly overlooked local candidates and instead imposed one they had already selected. Everything I have heard about this, suggests that this was done, deliberately to stop Jon Collins becoming a Labour MP.
“Gordon Brown’s former leadership campaign manager Chris Leslie has been selected as the party’s candidate for Nottingham East to replace John Heppell who is stepping down at the general election.
There has been some controversy about the selection process overall, not least the suggestion that Labour was deliberately not announcing potential candidates to replace retiring MPs until the election was announced, limiting the time Labour’s National Executive Committee (NEC) had to debate the matter.
In this case Labour has been accused of imposing their man and overlooking three local candidates, including Nottingham City Council leader Jon Collins, former leader Brian Parbutt and executive board member Jane Urquhart.”
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