Candidates queue up to replace Jack Straw in Blackburn

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MORE than a dozen Labour politicians have expressed an interest in taking over from Jack Straw as the party’s candidate for Blackburn at the next election.

They include borough council leader Kate Hollern, Burnley-born former Dewsbury MP Shahid Malik, Hyndburn Council deputy leader Clare Pritchard, and Pendle’s Labour group leader Mohammed Iqbal.

A rush of applicants is expected after the party’s national executive decides on January 14 whether there will be a women-only shortlist for the seat.

It will fire the starting gun for the official contest and set the timetable for the selection to be completed by the end of March.

With a majority of 9,856 at the 2010 general election, Blackburn is considered to be a ‘safe seat’ – something that constituency Labour party secretary Phil Riley denies.

He said: “I would expect a lot of people to formally apply after the national executive meets in January. I have heard of at least 19 people who are interested in taking over from Jack in May 2015, locally and across the country.

“This is not a seat with a natural huge Labour majority like Wigan or Merthyr Tydfil.

“It was been won by Labour for more than 60 years because we have had two superb MPs and a local Labour party that works very hard.”

So far, the only person to say he is seeking nomination is Mr Straw’s constituency secretary and Mill Hill councillor Damian Talbot.

Coun Hollern is known to be interested and is one of the early favourites, especially if it is a women-only shortlist. Coun Pritchard is the only other woman known to be considering bidding.

Other Blackburn with Darwen councillors being touted include Shear Brow’s Solly Khonat and Bastwell’s Shaukat Hussain.

Former Labour Minister Mr Malik is so far the only former MP to demonstrate a clear interest but several others are expected in January.

Coun Iqbal is joined by Burnley Labour politician Wajid Khan among local Asian party figures interested in standing.

With the constituency’s large South Asian population, interest has come from community figures in Rotherham, London and Nottingham.

The candidates will be whittled down to a shortlist for a vote of all party members.

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5:53pm Wed 4 Dec 13

Commenting says...

I'm hoping that all of the carpet baggers touting for support get the message that to fill Barbara's and Jack's shoes, they need to demonstrate something special. Blackburn folk will not accept second best.
I'm hoping that all of the carpet baggers touting for support get the message that to fill Barbara's and Jack's shoes, they need to demonstrate something special. Blackburn folk will not accept second best. Commenting

6:01pm Wed 4 Dec 13

andy1 says...

Dont ever visit Gibraltar Straw along with Hain your not welcome. No Joint Sovereignty with sPAIN.
Dont ever visit Gibraltar Straw along with Hain your not welcome. No Joint Sovereignty with sPAIN. andy1

6:12pm Wed 4 Dec 13

blackburnwithdarwen says...

A huge hole waiting to be filled!

This really is sure to be a nightmare. Hands up those who remember Faulty Towers. Well, it’s now up for sale. An old Labour safe seat that has transformed Blackburn into what it is today. Soon to be filled by another chosen one. Kate Hollern, Solly Khonat, Mr Malik, what’s the difference between any of them. My bet is that there will be a mass panic and young Straw will suddenly appear out of the darkness to save the day. Would have made the perfect television comedy sketch, but a comedy sketch it definitely is not.

Blackburn deserves better than this?
A huge hole waiting to be filled! This really is sure to be a nightmare. Hands up those who remember Faulty Towers. Well, it’s now up for sale. An old Labour safe seat that has transformed Blackburn into what it is today. Soon to be filled by another chosen one. Kate Hollern, Solly Khonat, Mr Malik, what’s the difference between any of them. My bet is that there will be a mass panic and young Straw will suddenly appear out of the darkness to save the day. Would have made the perfect television comedy sketch, but a comedy sketch it definitely is not. Blackburn deserves better than this? blackburnwithdarwen

7:29pm Wed 4 Dec 13

Jerzei Balowski says...

Who is Phil Riley trying to kid with his not-a-safe-Labour-se
at comment ? There are two sections of the community in Blackburn who will always vote for Labour, due to handout bribery. Turkeys don't vote for Xmas.
Who is Phil Riley trying to kid with his not-a-safe-Labour-se at comment ? There are two sections of the community in Blackburn who will always vote for Labour, due to handout bribery. Turkeys don't vote for Xmas. Jerzei Balowski

7:48pm Wed 4 Dec 13

peely says...

Wouldn't give tuppence for the lot of 'em !
Wouldn't give tuppence for the lot of 'em ! peely

8:02pm Wed 4 Dec 13

Copperhead says...

VOTE UKIP
VOTE BNP
DON'T VOTE FOR ANYONE
Anything is better than voting for the usual suspects who have allowed our country to descend to third world status because of immigration from Eastern Europe, Asia and Africa.
VOTE UKIP VOTE BNP DON'T VOTE FOR ANYONE Anything is better than voting for the usual suspects who have allowed our country to descend to third world status because of immigration from Eastern Europe, Asia and Africa. Copperhead

8:55pm Wed 4 Dec 13

Excluded again says...

Its one thing to throw your hat in the ring. Its quite another not to see it chucked back out again.

Most of the names on this list are no hopers for selection. Anyone from Burnley who seriously thinks they could win an election in Blackburn knows nothing about the town. Blackburn Labour Party is not going to vote for electoral suicide.
Its one thing to throw your hat in the ring. Its quite another not to see it chucked back out again. Most of the names on this list are no hopers for selection. Anyone from Burnley who seriously thinks they could win an election in Blackburn knows nothing about the town. Blackburn Labour Party is not going to vote for electoral suicide. Excluded again

9:24pm Wed 4 Dec 13

A Darener says...

To see any chance of a political change in Blackburn the constituency needs to be split into two. Then there would be the chance of electing somebody other than the choice of the minority group in the town. It is obvious why Jack Straw has continued to be re-elected at every General Election. And it is nothing to do with his policies. Some people would vote for a monkey if it wore the right colours.
To see any chance of a political change in Blackburn the constituency needs to be split into two. Then there would be the chance of electing somebody other than the choice of the minority group in the town. It is obvious why Jack Straw has continued to be re-elected at every General Election. And it is nothing to do with his policies. Some people would vote for a monkey if it wore the right colours. A Darener

11:48pm Wed 4 Dec 13

ex corrupt councillor says...

Divide and rule on a Monday.
Electoral fraud with brown envelopes on a Tuesday.
Dodgy planning apps sorted on a Wednesday.
Mosque opening on a Thursday.
Rob your own on a Friday.
Jack goes on a Saturday.
The end is nigh for labour coming soon on a Sunday.
( if you don't believe me just ask suleman and his ghunday).
Divide and rule on a Monday. Electoral fraud with brown envelopes on a Tuesday. Dodgy planning apps sorted on a Wednesday. Mosque opening on a Thursday. Rob your own on a Friday. Jack goes on a Saturday. The end is nigh for labour coming soon on a Sunday. ( if you don't believe me just ask suleman and his ghunday). ex corrupt councillor

2:09am Thu 5 Dec 13

woolywords says...

A Darener says... Some people would vote for a monkey if it wore the right colours.
This scurrilous slur has been lambasted upon the Labour party since Ron Lewis gave up his safe seat, with a nod towards Eric Martlew.
Eric Martlew has done nothing in this 'safe' seat, other than to feather his own nest, by proxy, through his wife, Elsie. He used to work, she never did but both have now gained substantial interests in many industries within the city of Carlisle. (Feel free, to sue me upon this accusation, if you dare!)

However, here in Blackburn, there lies something of a quandary, in that, those whom seek power, are disqualified, by virtue of their previous misdeeds in electoral ballot problems. (Don't you?)
Where you gathered up all the female votes, took them to that place, then tried to assure us all that, by pure coincidence, that all of them, used the same ink, using similar strokes, from similar pens, without coercion and of their own free will, to vote, just as the bearded ones told them to.. in spite of the fact that, many women are excluded from the self same mosques..
The question that you have to ask yourself is, what if I trust none of them, who do I vote for?
The Labour party went to war, on a lie, about weapons of mass destruction.
The Con/Lib pact didn't stop it, by calling the troops home, immediately.
It was if it was OK, to live within a lie and carry on, regardless.
Even when you and me, knew the truth of it.
And how many died, on all sides?

What if, some idiot, put up his own £1000, to be recognised in the election, and stated, 'none of the above', as a protest vote?
Would you, vote for that man?
A Darener says... Some people would vote for a monkey if it wore the right colours. This scurrilous slur has been lambasted upon the Labour party since Ron Lewis gave up his safe seat, with a nod towards Eric Martlew. Eric Martlew has done nothing in this 'safe' seat, other than to feather his own nest, by proxy, through his wife, Elsie. He used to work, she never did but both have now gained substantial interests in many industries within the city of Carlisle. (Feel free, to sue me upon this accusation, if you dare!) However, here in Blackburn, there lies something of a quandary, in that, those whom seek power, are disqualified, by virtue of their previous misdeeds in electoral ballot problems. (Don't you?) Where you gathered up all the female votes, took them to that place, then tried to assure us all that, by pure coincidence, that all of them, used the same ink, using similar strokes, from similar pens, without coercion and of their own free will, to vote, just as the bearded ones told them to.. in spite of the fact that, many women are excluded from the self same mosques.. The question that you have to ask yourself is, what if I trust none of them, who do I vote for? The Labour party went to war, on a lie, about weapons of mass destruction. The Con/Lib pact didn't stop it, by calling the troops home, immediately. It was if it was OK, to live within a lie and carry on, regardless. Even when you and me, knew the truth of it. And how many died, on all sides? What if, some idiot, put up his own £1000, to be recognised in the election, and stated, 'none of the above', as a protest vote? Would you, vote for that man? woolywords

9:15am Thu 5 Dec 13

Lancs Away says...

Aw my comment was deleted, they say the truth hurts....
Aw my comment was deleted, they say the truth hurts.... Lancs Away

10:55am Thu 5 Dec 13

Benjamin James says...

Copperhead wrote:
VOTE UKIP
VOTE BNP
DON'T VOTE FOR ANYONE
Anything is better than voting for the usual suspects who have allowed our country to descend to third world status because of immigration from Eastern Europe, Asia and Africa.
Yeah because the BNP will really lead this country forward won't they.

I do agree with not voting for the major three, but BNP? Are you having a laugh? How can anyone take a facist and racist party seriously? We're not Nazi Germany.
[quote][p][bold]Copperhead[/bold] wrote: VOTE UKIP VOTE BNP DON'T VOTE FOR ANYONE Anything is better than voting for the usual suspects who have allowed our country to descend to third world status because of immigration from Eastern Europe, Asia and Africa.[/p][/quote]Yeah because the BNP will really lead this country forward won't they. I do agree with not voting for the major three, but BNP? Are you having a laugh? How can anyone take a facist and racist party seriously? We're not Nazi Germany. Benjamin James

10:56am Thu 5 Dec 13

Benjamin James says...

Does anyone else think that the top three on that grid of six look like mugshots?

I know it's not right to judge a character based on their appearance but the bottom three look happy to be involved in politics whereas the top three look like they've just been done for fraud, they look pretty miserable.
Does anyone else think that the top three on that grid of six look like mugshots? I know it's not right to judge a character based on their appearance but the bottom three look happy to be involved in politics whereas the top three look like they've just been done for fraud, they look pretty miserable. Benjamin James

11:07am Thu 5 Dec 13

George Khan says...

Salaam putters, I think I’m going to throw my hat in the ring
It’s pukka time for a Pakistani to be MP of Blackburn
These other so and so’s don’t know a blody thing
That Malik think he will get elected because he Asian
He self-server like Straw, a turncoat who no care about people
I have been serving people with utmost distinction
I serving blody chips and providing a service so valuable
Okay I sometimes spit in the beans when I get irritation-
Little Herberts telling me to go back to my country
But I was the first Pakistani to set foot in Britain
Fish and Chips has made me blody wealthy
And swindling benefits for my dozen children
I got lots of ideas , it’s time to impose Pakistani discipline
No blody loafing around on streets or disruption
Or else you get a good blody hot thrashing
From my fat slipper that is aching for some action
Salaam putters, I think I’m going to throw my hat in the ring It’s pukka time for a Pakistani to be MP of Blackburn These other so and so’s don’t know a blody thing That Malik think he will get elected because he Asian He self-server like Straw, a turncoat who no care about people I have been serving people with utmost distinction I serving blody chips and providing a service so valuable Okay I sometimes spit in the beans when I get irritation- Little Herberts telling me to go back to my country But I was the first Pakistani to set foot in Britain Fish and Chips has made me blody wealthy And swindling benefits for my dozen children I got lots of ideas , it’s time to impose Pakistani discipline No blody loafing around on streets or disruption Or else you get a good blody hot thrashing From my fat slipper that is aching for some action George Khan

1:49pm Thu 5 Dec 13

Davelyn says...

VOTE UKIP NOW.
VOTE UKIP NOW. Davelyn

2:30pm Thu 5 Dec 13

woolywords says...

Lancs Away wrote:
Aw my comment was deleted, they say the truth hurts....
Lancs, it hasn't been removed, it's still showing under the comments section but on the copy of this article.

And the top comment award goes to...
Benjamin James.
Spot on observation. Reminds me of the anti-Nixon campaign posters of the 60's, 'Would you buy a used car from this man?'
[quote][p][bold]Lancs Away[/bold] wrote: Aw my comment was deleted, they say the truth hurts....[/p][/quote]Lancs, it hasn't been removed, it's still showing under the comments section but on the copy of this article. And the top comment award goes to... Benjamin James. Spot on observation. Reminds me of the anti-Nixon campaign posters of the 60's, 'Would you buy a used car from this man?' woolywords

3:12pm Thu 5 Dec 13

noddy57 says...

l think bill Taylor would be perfect, Blackburn through and through, must be kept in the family nudge nudge wink wink know what l mean ?
l think bill Taylor would be perfect, Blackburn through and through, must be kept in the family nudge nudge wink wink know what l mean ? noddy57

3:48pm Thu 5 Dec 13

shirtbox2003 says...

its got to be an Asian.no competition.
its got to be an Asian.no competition. shirtbox2003

10:23am Fri 6 Dec 13

doylerf says...

Lancs Away wrote:
Aw my comment was deleted, they say the truth hurts....
Lancs Away says...

Should be absolutely compulsory that it is a Brit born and bred, white, non Muslim local....there I have said it....if one of the local Iqbal's, Hussain's or whoever gets in....finish the sentence in 25 words of less, hahaha
[quote][p][bold]Lancs Away[/bold] wrote: Aw my comment was deleted, they say the truth hurts....[/p][/quote]Lancs Away says... Should be absolutely compulsory that it is a Brit born and bred, white, non Muslim local....there I have said it....if one of the local Iqbal's, Hussain's or whoever gets in....finish the sentence in 25 words of less, hahaha doylerf

1:17pm Sat 7 Dec 13

blackburnwithdarwen says...

To Jack Straw: Try if you dare before you go to explain the political ‘Safe Seat’ regime!

Example: Jack Straw has held his seat as MP for Blackburn for thirty odd years. Some may say that long lasting period is due to his political skills alone. But others have repeated the often spoken phrase: A donkey would be voted to fill that position if it had red reigns. Was that position filled due to political skills or because of historical party favouritism alone?

Question: Would a donkey wearing blue reigns have stood a fair chance?

Likewise, Kate Hollern has held her position as councillor over an uninterrupted period of over twelve years. Again, was that position due to political skills or historical party favouritism alone?

So, what use to a community if the controlling factor was becauseof historical party favouritism?

Try sorting that dilemma out Jack. Truthfully though!
To Jack Straw: Try if you dare before you go to explain the political ‘Safe Seat’ regime! Example: Jack Straw has held his seat as MP for Blackburn for thirty odd years. Some may say that long lasting period is due to his political skills alone. But others have repeated the often spoken phrase: A donkey would be voted to fill that position if it had red reigns. Was that position filled due to political skills or because of historical party favouritism alone? Question: Would a donkey wearing blue reigns have stood a fair chance? Likewise, Kate Hollern has held her position as councillor over an uninterrupted period of over twelve years. Again, was that position due to political skills or historical party favouritism alone? So, what use to a community if the controlling factor was becauseof historical party favouritism? Try sorting that dilemma out Jack. Truthfully though! blackburnwithdarwen

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