Jim Dowd (Lewisham West & Penge MP) Retiring - May 2017


As much as Dowd did? Probably! :wink:


Welcome @BringOutTheCranston. We have a dedicated Politicos section for all political debate. It’s an opt-in, if you want to join.

I can see I’m going to have fun keeping this thread on the straight and narrow! Those who should know better, consider yourselves warned.


Great to have you on here @BringOutTheCranston :+1:

@RachaelDunlop I always listen to your warnings so I’m being good on this thread now :joy::joy:


You’ll get there Luke, BTW was lovely to meet you the other day :+1:

Haha I’m an outer, just saying :+1:


Aw, mom, we were just saying hi to the new kid!


There’s now a topic that will list our local general election candiates as they’re announced.

It’s a wiki-post, which all verified members are able to edit - please help by adding candidates as they’re announced. Thanks! :thumbsup:


Looks likely from this Huffington Post piece that Ellie Reeves will be the candidate to replace Jim Dowd.


So far as I can make out, she is on the right of the party and opposed Brexit?


It seems Ellie Reeves has the nomination. Willlook forward to catching up with her.


Not a Corbynista, but I don’t think that amounts to being on the right


I gather she was the choice of the unions as well.


As a barrister specialising in employment law, who has been on the NEC for some years, you can see why.

She’s obviously going to be attacked as part of the previous Labour Party establishment - married to one MP, sister to another - but I think the Labour Party needs the sort of professionalism such experience is likely to bring.


I am thrilled that the NEC has picked up a great local candidate, Ellie Reeves, whom I have know personally well before this election. I actually wrote to NEC saying that a local connection in our case should be considered imperative as we had a few outstanding local members who applied for the post.


Deadline for nominations for General election is 4th May 4pm, therefore we should know the full candidate list soon after.


4 posts were split to a new topic: Ellie Reeves (MP candidate) - is she local?


I’ll be operating a ‘three strikes and you are out’ rule on opinion-based posting here. Pauline - here’s your second knuckle-rapping.

I don’t want to stifle debate, but rules is rules.


Agree with Rachael.

I have moved a few posts into the opt-in Local Politics category. Let’s focus on the pure facts here and save the debate for our opt-in politics groups.


Sorry Rachael, I tend not to look at the category when I pop in & out, but will make a point of checking now, especially on this subject.

Fair play & you are right on this :+1:




I’ve just remembered the local Conservative office is on D Rd, I’ll give a knock when I see someone in there to ask when their candidate will be announced.