London Liberal Democrats announce GLA shortlist for 2012

London Region Liberal Democrats have announced the candidates for the London Assembly top-up list for the 2012 election. The shortlist is now final and London members will now be issued with a ballot to place the candidates in order of preference.

The candidates, in alphabetical order, are:

Jeremy Ambache (M)
Steve Bradley (M)
Emily Davey (F)
Merlene Emerson (F)*
Bridget Fox (F)
Stephen Knight (M)
Ajmal Masroor (M)*
Caroline Pidgeon (F)
Marisha Ray (F)*
Nick Russell (M)
Shas Sheehan (F)*

Those marked with an asterisk are Black and Minority Ethnic for the purpose of the ethnic preference rule.

There will not be a ballot for the Mayoral candidate for the time being. Nominations for the Mayoral candidate have been postponed.

Helen Duffett is Membership Development Co-ordinator for London Region Liberal Democrats

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24 Comments

  • Given RedKens astonishing Ego its probably a good thing we are holding back on the Mayoral nomination. Kens antics in the Tower Hamlets race would have got anyone else suspended by now.

  • Dumcan Borrowman 19th Oct '10 - 11:52am

    The top of the list should be mayoral candidate to help push up the list vote. But I suspect it will take another couple of elections for London Region to wake up and smell the coffee

  • I agree, if Duwayne wants to prove he’s serious about running for London Mayor, he should’ve put himself forward for the GLA.

  • I know Dee Doocey and Mike Tuffrey are standing down because, by 2012, having done 8 and 10 years respectively on the Assembly they wish to have time to pursue other interests.

  • Simon McGrath 19th Oct '10 - 1:18pm

    Why are the London region continuing with potential discrimination agAinst white candidates despite this being clearly rejected by the party conference?

  • Simon McGrath 19th Oct '10 - 1:19pm

    And it is clearly illegal

  • Grammar Police 19th Oct '10 - 1:25pm

    The shortlisting process whittled the list down to 11 people, so Duwayne may have put himself forward, but not made it through the process.

  • Is it appropriate for shortlisting to reduce the list to the same as the number of candidates? Suppose I was a london member with a trenchant objection to candidate A being a Lib Dem candidate, I would now have no choice

  • I was puzzling over that one too Hywel

  • Actually Duncan if we want to incentivise our mayoral candidate to run a sensible, team building campaign maybe we should place them fourth on the list.

  • david thorpe 19th Oct '10 - 6:38pm

    very strong list a good diverse group.

  • Chris Keating 19th Oct '10 - 6:57pm

    No positive action being taken to reduce the chronic under-representation of North London, I see… 😉

  • Duncan Borrowman 19th Oct '10 - 8:21pm

    I like the idea of the mayoral candidate being 4th. On the issue of having the same number as the total list. It was something I suggested in feedback last time. In reality the selection is for winnable places.

  • Just for the avoidance of doubt I live nowhere near London, don’t have a vote and don’t have objections to any of the candidates that I know of. My pain is therefore limited 🙂

    I can – sort of – understand Duncans reasoning. However candidate selection should reside with the membership not the exec/other body. I would not be happy if a similar approach was taken with the euro candidate selections where a similar argument could apply.

    “Duwayne is not currently an approved candidate. He may have been interested or even applied but I know there were a very limited number of approval days available. ”

    That sounds like London region have erected a fairly significant barrier to ethnic minority candidates who might want to put themselves forward – at the same time as passing a rather complicated measure to address this

  • Duncan Borrowman 20th Oct '10 - 1:32am

    Geographic problem would have been simple. Make the bottom 11 of the list all the constituency candidates. Oh, sorry, that suggestion was scoffed at when I made it to the commission which was wrapped up in the aims of individuals and not what was best for the party.

  • Duncan – there are 14 constituencies and 11 list places, so making “the bottom end of the list all the constituency candidates” doesn’t work

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