Search

North London Labour councillors line-up for Glenda Jackson’s coveted Hampstead and Kilburn seat

PUBLISHED: 10:08 02 May 2013 | UPDATED: 22:05 02 May 2013

Newly elected Labour Highgate councillor Sally Gimson

Newly elected Labour Highgate councillor Sally Gimson

Archant

The race for Glenda Jackson’s coveted Hampstead and Kilburn parliamentary seat has begun.

Members of the local Labour party met on Tuesday to begin the selection process for one of London’s most hotly contested constituencies - which has been named as one of the party’s all-women shortlists.

Highgate councillor Sally Gimson, who unsuccessfully stood for the parliamentary seat of South Leicestershire in 2010, has confirmed that she has put her name forward.

It is thought she will be joined by fellow Camden councillor Tulip Siddiq, who represents Regent’s Park ward and is cabinet member for communities and culture.

Hackney councillor Sophie Linden is also rumoured to be throwing her hat into the ring, while leader of Islington Council, Catherine West, has confirmed she will be challenging Lynne Featherstone for the Hornsey and Wood Green seat.

Earlier this week, education campaigner Fiona Millar revealed she was pulling out of the race to be included on the Hampstead and Kilburn shortlist and would instead continue campaigning on schools issues.

Labour Party sources say the selection process lasts for a number of months – with a final candidate due to be announced in July.

Conservative party co-chairman Grant Shapps also confirmed earlier this year that the seat is at the top of the Conservative target list to win at the 2015 general election.

The Tories have already selected Hampstead Town councillor Simon Marcus as their candidate to contest the seat.

In January, Oscar-winning actress Ms Jackson, who has been the MP for the constituency since 1992, confirmed she would not be standing for the marginal seat again.

She won in 2010 with a majority of just 42 votes – the narrowest margin in the country.

Become a supporter

This newspaper has been a central part of community life for many years, through good times and bad. Coronavirus is one of the greatest challenges our community has ever faced, but if we all play our part we will defeat it. We're here to serve as your advocate and trusted source of local information.

In these testing times, your support is more important than ever. Thank you.

PROMOTED CONTENT

Cauldron Foods’ comedy night will give vegans the last laugh as Vegan comics dispel vegan myths.

Help your loved one rediscover their independence in a safe, comfortable environment that can offer them the support they need.

In a blacked-out room, illuminated by vibrant LED lighting, equipped with a top of the range sound system and closed off from the outside world is the ideal setting for you to focus on working out.

Movin London is a circuit based high-intensity interval training studio only a few minutes walk from Camden Town underground station. Co-founder Craig Eleftheriou explains how you can find the best work out routine for you and how the right environment will help you get the best from your training.

Digital Edition

cover

Enjoy the
Hampstead & Highgate Express
e-edition today

Subscribe

Education and Training

cover

Read the
Education and Training
e-edition today

Read Now

Most Read

Latest from the Hampstead Highgate Express