Janet Daby has been selected as Labour’s parliamentary candidate to fight the Lewisham East byelection next month after standing on a ticket to fight for the UK to remain in the single market after Brexit. Ms Daby, Lewisham’s deputy mayor, beat her rivals in the contest, including the Momentum-backed candidate Sakina Sheikh and Claudia Webbe, a member of Labour’s governing body, who had the support of Unite union. Ms Daby, who described herself as the “unity candidate” in the contest, won 288 votes – with 60 per cent of first preference votes – compared with 135 for Ms Sheikh and 35 for Ms Webbe. Read more Brexit becomes key dividing line in Labour’s Lewisham East contest Congratulating Ms Daby on her victory, Jeremy Corbyn said: “She has done an excellent job as deputy mayor and I know she will be a strong voice for the people of Lewisham East in parliament. I look forward to campaigning with her in the byelection.” Last week the party decided to impose its first all-women, BAME shortlist, with Ms Daby, Brenda Dacres, Ms Sheikh and Ms Webbe on the ballot paper. The race was narrowed to three candidates on Friday after Ms Dacres removed herself… Read full this story
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