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Labour anger over by-election choice

PUBLISHED: 13:22 29 October 2001 | UPDATED: 10:45 03 March 2010

SENIOR Ipswich Labour Party officials were today seething over the shortlist of candidates to fight the seat in the forthcoming by-election.

The shortlist was drawn up by the party's national executive committee, and contains only one local person - Suffolk County Council leader Chris Mole.

SENIOR Ipswich Labour Party officials were today seething over the shortlist of candidates to fight the seat in the forthcoming by-election.

The shortlist was drawn up by the party's national executive committee, and contains only one local person – Suffolk County Council leader Chris Mole.

The other two names are Brussels-based spin doctor Jan Royall, a former chief of staff to Neil Kinnock, and Amanda Campbell – who fought Billericay in the June General Election.

Local Labour Party members had expected a longer shortlist – with more local candidates.

"We think they're trying to force an outsider on us," said one senior Labour Party member.

"Chris has his strengths, but he isn't the most popular person in the party locally – there are people who will vote for anyone but him."

The shortlist had been expected to contain at least four names – and it had been expected most, if not all, would have local links.

However a spokesman for the Party said the NEC had to be sure that any candidate on the shortlist could perform under the spotlight of the national media attention that a by-election would attract.

"They took soundings locally, but the decision on the shortlist lay with them," he said.

The Conservatives are hoping Labour will choose a candidate from outside the area.

"We were pleasantly surprised to see their shortlist," said local agent James Cockram.

Both Labour and the Tories will be selecting their candidate on Thursday evening – and the Liberal Democrats are also expected to name their candidate to fight the by-election by the end of the week.

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