Newham: Rokhsana Fiaz reselected as Labour mayoral candidate

Newham: Rokhsana Fiaz reselected as Labour mayoral candidate

UPDATE 18:45 – Labour’s London region has informed Newham members that Rokhsana Fiaz has been reselected as the borough’s mayoral candidate. See email below:

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With only three months to go until the borough elections, Labour is still in the process of choosing its candidate for Mayor of Newham. Given the party’s overwhelming political dominance in this patch of east London, that candidate is almost certain to go on to become its Mayor. So who will it turn out to be?

Interviews of mayoral hopefuls took place a week ago, including the incumbent Rokhsana Fiaz and Unmesh Desai, London Assembly member for the City & East constituency (which includes Newham) who is a critic of Fiaz. Progress towards a final decision had been hoped for by the weekend, but none has yet been made.

On London understands that discussions are taking place between Labour’s national top brass and local MPs Lyn Brown and Stephen Timms about the situation. Exactly why that is happening and what will happen next is unclear, perhaps including to those involved at this stage. But some of the backdrop to can be sketched in. It gives a flavour of how fraught Labour politics in Newham continue to be four years after the de-selection of Fiaz’s long-serving predecessor Robin Wales.

That’s just a little bit of the context in which the choice of Newham’s mayoral candidate is being made. On London will have more on all this before too long.

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