As socialist members of the Labour Party, we are calling for a left-wing candidate with strong experience in local government and trade union support to put their hat into the ring. Labour democracy works best when members have a wide spectrum of candidates to choose from, representing the party’s many diverse political traditions.
We also demand that the party makes sure such a candidate gets on to the ballot so as to ensure a broad choice, as in the 2015 party leadership election when the left very nearly went without being represented.
We believe this will not only give members the proper choice they deserve, but will also help promote lively and constructive debate about the direction Labour needs to beat Andy Street next year, and the policies to build a West Midlands for the many.
Michael Thawe, Edgbaston CLP, Momentum NCG/Unite the Union delegateAndrew Scattergood, West Bromwich West, FBU West Midlands Regional SecretaryRhiannon Lockley, Dudley South, UCU NEC (personal capacity)Gill Ogilvie, Erdington, PPC Walsall NorthJudy Foster, Halesowen and Rowley Regis, Deputy Group Leader Ian Cooper, Halesowen & Rowley Regis, Parliamentary candidateMinesh Parekh, Warwick & Leamington CLP, West Midlands Rep/Young Labour National Committee Mohammed Hanif, Stourbridge, Former Mayor of Dudley Amanda Eccles, Coventry NE, CLP Treasurer & Secretary of Coventry MomentumAndrea Bradley, Walsall South, Campaign Coordinator David Sheridan, Edgbaston, Momentum Birmingham Disability Officer Rida Vaquas, formerly Tamworth CLP, Ex-Momentum NCG memberEllen Hope Cobb, Stourbridge, Youth OfficerAnn Wackett, Birmingham Perry Barr, Momentum Birmingham Labour Party Democracy OfficerDiane Donaldson, Birmingham Hodge Hill, CLP Secretary/Cllr Daniel Round, formerly Stourbridge CLP, Dudley Momentum Coordinator Cat Eccles, Stourbridge Geoff Dixon, Stourbridge CLP, CLP Secretary David Morton, Stourbridge and Wollaston Tom Pottrill, Stourbridge, Branch Secretary (pc)Doug James, Walsall South, Cllr & Ward ChairmanMick Davies, Halesowen North Parminder Dhani, Halesowen North John Warley, Branch vice-chairNoori Davies, Halesowen North Jessica Silk, Dudley South Rebecca Gentle, Dudley North, CouncillorHarry Shaw, Stourbridge CLP, TreasurerMatthew Tomlinson, Edgbaston Bob Piper, Abbey Branch Warley, Councillor Daniel Muddimer, Selly Oak Rizwan Jalil, Warley, Trade Union Officer Christopher Sturge, Warley/Abbey, Branch delegate to CLPSimon Tansell-Brown, Warley/Abbey Eileen Gibson, Beckenham Philip Vanes, Dudley South Nicky Hinchliff, Warley, Abbey Branch Secretary Ian Marrey, StourbridgeAlistair McIntosh, Birmingham Selly Oak Andrew Bettridge, Blackpool South Lamar Campbell, Ladywood John Kelly, Warley, Chair Abbey Ward/Policy Officer Warley CLPJasbinder Singh , Tamworth Catherine Leach, Edgbaston Najmussahar Bangash , EdgbastonAsid Lhan, EdgbastonGabriela Chalkia, Aldridge-BrownhillsJames Callaghan, Dudley South, Vice ChairKaren Purdy, Stourbridge CLP, Women's Officer Mish Rahman, Aldridge-Brownhills Amy Wolfs, Aldridge Brownhills CLP David Morgan, Aldridge-Brownhills, CLP Communications & Social Media Officer/Brownhills Branch Chair Jesika Parmar, Solihull Jennie Sandford, Abbey/Warley Frank Keogh, Coventry North West Leanne Gregory, Northfield David Watson, StourbridgeGary Randall, StourbridgeZarrin Shannon , Bury Kit Armstrong, Edgbaston, National Union of Teachers Regional SecretaryDarrall Cozens, Coventry NW CLP, Vice President Coventry TUCMartin Hartnett, Coventry South Peter Casey, Coventry North West John Swift, North Warwickshire, Unite Rolls Royce Coventry delegate to CLPColin Bruce, Coventry South John Mutton, Coventry South, CouncillorMal Mutton, Coventry South, CouncillorFrances Crane, Coventry NW CLP, Ward SecretaryAmy Lowe, Stourbridge Michael Griffin, Coventry North WestMartin McMahon, Kenilworth and Southam, CLP ChairTerry Williams, West Bromwich East Bob Lloyd, West Bromwich West, Clp Chair & Cllr Wednesbury South Suzanne Lowe, Stourbridge , West Mids NPF delegateGrace Ashworth, Selly Oak CLP Teresa Beddis, Meriden, CLP Women’s Officer & Political Education OfficerSteven Edwards, Dudley North Julia Larden, Birmingham Yardley, Secretary Acocks Green Branch Nathan Marrey, Stourbridge Harry Sheppard, LadywoodBrenda Boshell, Yardley CLPAndrew Thompson, Birmingham Ladywood, CLP Chair/Unite activist Andrew Tromans, Stourbridge, Secretary of Stourbridge Young Labour Edward Geach, Stourbridge Steven Cox, Bootle CLP, Dudley Councillor 1995-2003Joanne Shemmans, Selly Oak, LP Branch Secretary/Branch Secretary Unite Community BirminghamKavan Hawker, Edgbaston CLP Emma Randle, Stratford on Avon, Vice Chair Health RISC/Unite the UnionNaeem Malik, Edgbaston Andrew Sennett, Warley Asma Kauser, Birmingham Hodge HillIan McNee, Wolverhampton SW, CLP Campaign CoordinatorMichael Clarke, NorthfieldJean Simpson, Selly Oak Patricia Hetherton, Coventry North West, Councillor Sandra Smith, RugbyRosemary Silvester, Coventry South Stephen Jeffreys, Hall Green Chris Kuriata, Selly Oak CLP, Political Education and Training Officer for Selly Oak CLPBen Marco, Solihull Mick Archer, Birmingham Perry Barr Les Kuriata, Birmingham Selly Oak Kadees Mohammed, Hodge Hill CLP Raymond Shaw, SolihullDrew Peacock, Wyre ForestTony Barnsley, Halesowen & Rowley RegisGwyneth Stewart, Halesowen & Rowley RegisMelissa Heywood, Halesowen & Rowley Regis