17 In The Running To Become Next Labour Candidate In Mansfield
There were 17 applications to become the next Labour candidate for Mansfield before the deadline last week.
Sir Alan Meale had been Mansfield's Labour MP for 30 years until he was beaten by Conservative Ben Bradley in last summer's snap election.
Leader of the Labour group on Mansfield District Council Sonya Ward is one of the 17, as is son of former Deputy Prime Minister John Prescott, David.
Paul Bradshaw the party's press officer in Mansfield said, "There are five with a Mansfield connection, either lived here a long time or born and brought up in Mansfield. There's one more with a Nottinghamshire connection, two with Derbyshire connections just over the border and one in Lincolnshire."
The deadline to apply was January 4th. The process is now a fairly lengthy one in a short period of time. Labour members can nominate any candidate that stands out to them, the committee will then create a long list, then a short list. On February 16th the vote will take place just like any other with a one person one vote rule.
Paul was asked whether 17 applicants is too many, "No, it's good to have a wide range of applicants so that members can see the quality of candidate. From the little bits that I have seen the calibre is very very good."
By the close of play on February 16th we will know who will be Labour's candidate in Mansfield who will be hoping they can beat Ben Bradley in the next General Election, whenever that may be.
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