THINGS got tight last night when Labour members in the Hampstead and Kilburn branch met to nominate a candidate in the party’s leadership contest. In the end, Yvette Cooper was selected by a single vote from Islington North MP Jeremy Corbyn, winning 36-35.
It meant for the second meeting of this kind, the membership is charting a different course from its new MP Tulip Siddiq. Last month, members nominated Tessa Jowell and David Lammy ahead of Tulip’s choice, Sadiq Khan, for the mayoral selection.
In the leadership stakes, Tulip is supporting Andy Burnham (although was one of the debate-broadening MPs who signed Corbyn’s papers). But at the all members’ meeting last night there was reportedly little enthusiasm for his offer. He was the first to drop out of the voting with some reports saying he only scratched together seven votes. Holborn and St Pancras members make their choice next week.