The Labour Party have moved the writ for the Feltham and Heston Bye Election in West London so attention turns to who will be their candidate.
LM has written previously here here and here about Labour Party stitch ups when selecting candidates for bye elections so beware of Norma Stephenson and the NEC trying to do the same again. Afzal Khan was sidelined in Oldham despite being the best candidate while in Leicester South yet another white Establishment candidate Jonathan Ashworth and friend of the Millibands was imposed.
In Feltham the early signs don't look encouraging with Labour announcing a "quickfire selection" which is of course code for another stitch up while Lab List outlines the early favourites including Seema Malhotra. Malhotra is an interesting candidate who recently wrote about her support for recognising Palestine as well as being "fascinated" by Islamic Finance although Sky News seem to think Dawn Bulter may also throw her hat in the ring.
Whoever the final candidate is LM hopes finally the Labour NEC take into account the significant BME vote in this constituency which includes a sizable Muslim, Sikh and Hindu vote who between them account for 30% of the Vote.
** Update** I'm being advised the preference might be for a male Punjabi Sikh
** Update 1 ** The Shortlist with Seema and as per above Update Male Punjabi Sikh
** Update 2** Seema Malhotra selected as Labour Candidate