Thursday, January 18, 2007

The Deselection Game

One of my correspondents asked me if Liam Byrne had been reselected as Labour candidate for Hodge Hill.

To my knowledge, no Labour candidates have yet been selected across the City. That said, Liam is in possession of a seat which has had no significant changes in the boundaries. To deselect an MP requires sufficient demands from members to trigger a ballot of all members. If the MP loses that ballot, then a full selection process is started. It is very rare for that to happen. A group of members with their own agenda tried to get Roger Godsiff deselected in 2005, but that attempt failed after a ballot of the membership. So, barring a seismic shift in the membership or any further decisions to stand down, most of the seats in Birmingham are sorted.

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