The votes are in from the Sheffield Heeley jury…

gulliver120811BAD news for Sally Gimson this afternoon – and with it, potentially, bad news for the Green Party.

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. 


2 Comments on The votes are in from the Sheffield Heeley jury…

  1. Exciting as it may seem from a Camden viewpoint, the outcome of Sheffield Heeley selection never seemed in the balance. Louise Haigh, trade union and political activist for 10 years, Sheffield born and bred, really had it sorted well in advance. Her endorsers included current and former MPs Bill Michie, Dick Caborn, Ian Lavery, Lisa Nandy, Roy Hattersley, Tom Watson and John Cryer … which says quite a lot. And she was backed by some trade unions: GMB, ASLEF, TSSA, Unite, UCATT, CWU … which says even more. Any other selection outcome would have been astonishing. See more about Louise at

  2. Unless my memory is faulty in 2010 several Green candidates, including one now standing in Highgate, were local candidates in wards in more than one borough, so keen were the Greens to field a full slate across London. This was possible because you can be ‘local’ if you live, work or own property in a an area. Surely this is not happening this time around.

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