IF the Highgate ward in Camden Council’s elections is as close as the Greens hope it is, they will feel boosted by the fact one of their Labour opponents has a pretty big distraction coming up on Saturday. Sitting councillor Sally Gimson won’t be rounding up votes on the doorstep here – she will be trying to impress Labour members 160 miles away in Sheffield. For Sally has now made the final selection shortlist for the parliamentary candidacy in Sheffield Heeley, a safe Labour zone where winning the internal vote is sure enough a passport to the Commons. The process is down to the final four and the crunch party hustings take place this weekend.
Sally has been open that she wants to be an MP for some time. She stood in a lost cause seat against the Tories in Leicestershire last time and ran for the Hampstead and Kilburn selection last summer, outrun in the end by fellow councillor Tulip Siddiq. This clarity, she reasons, means it’s fair enough to run for re-election at the Town Hall at the same time as trying to earn a new role that would inevitably take her away from Camden’s frontline politics.
Departing Sheffield MP Meg Munn told the Sheffield Telegraph over the weekend: “Obviously you can’t predict an outcome, but we have two women representing parts of Sheffield and I would like to see that continue.”
Her office manager, Liz Pemberton, is also on the whittled shortlist of possibles facing the party on Saturday.