The Ealing Times is reporting this morning that Labour has gone for an all-women shortlist for the Ealing Southall Constituency.
Two of the Labour councillors, Cllr Gurcharan Singh and Cllr Virendra Sharma, have been having a good go at each other.
Singh: The real reason for this [all-women shortlist] is Mr Khabra and my opponent, Virendra Sharma, came to the conclusion that they can’t beat me fair and square. They convinced people that we should have an all-women shortlist. Now there is no way I can take part – short of getting a sex change. He realised he could not beat me so now he is saying: ‘If I’m not getting it then you’re not having it either.’ I wasn’t expecting it and I’m disappointed that the Labour party would aspire to make a decision like this. The representation of one group should not be at the expense of another – they should have men and women.
Sharma: I’m surprised he thinks I’ve got that much power. Councillor Singh’s comments are childish.
Ouch! Apparently Cllr Singh told the Ealing Times he will do everything in his power to fight the decision. Sounds like a recipe for future rumbling.
Maybe now Singh will take down his website with its me-wall pictures of Singh with Blair, Livingstone, et al. According to the hit counter almost 8,000 people have visited this little shrine to himself.
It looks like Labour Group leader, Sonika Nirwal, is now the front-runner. With typical Oxbridge arrogance, but maybe not the grammar, she says:
I am the front runner, definitely. I am leader of the group, I’m a young, Asian woman. I grew up in Southall, I’m educated in politics from Cambridge – of course I would want to do it.
Apparently Labour are worried about losing Ealing Southall. They should be. After 12 years of an ineffective Labour council the place is still not right. After 15 years of having a lobby-fodder pensioner as an MP the place is still not right. The combination of the energy and enterprise of Southall’s people with a Conservative council and a Conservative MP is what Southall needs.