The Labour Highgate councillor has missed out on being selected to stand in the safe parliamentary seat of Sheffield Heeley, a surefire ticket to the Commons. She had made it down to the final shortlist – as she did in Hampstead and Kilburn last summer – but lost to local candidate Louise Haigh after today’s member hustings. These kind of reports, like the serial disappointments suffered by Sally’s Camden colleague Mike Katz, always seem to be a sharp reminder of just how thick your skin has to be in politics when one rejection follows another.
But why is Sally’s near-miss bad news for the Greens? If she had been selected, just 12 days from local elections in which they are trying to unseat her from the council, their leaflets would’ve been written for them. It would have led to confusion about what voters were actually voting for when they put their cross next to her name on May 22. The Greens will no doubt still seek to make capital out of Sally’s personal ambitions but with the show in Sheffield all over now, members back down here will be expecting her to be straight back out on the Highgate doorstep this week for the final push before polling day.