By Graham Smith
The Labour Party has started the process to select a candidate in the Truro & Falmouth constituency. Falmouth’s Anna Gillett has emerged as the front-runner, coming first in the local branch nomination last night (Tuesday) with more than half of the votes – but the process still has more than a month to run.
The Truro branch is due to meet next week to make its nomination . Branch nominations are an indication of activist-support – but the final selection decision rests with a meeting open to all Labour Party members across the whole constituency at the end of April.
Other candidates hoping to be Labour’s next general election candidate in Truro & Falmouth include Jennifer Forbes, Jayne Kirkham and Sophie Johnson. Ms Kirkham was the candidate at last year’s general election, and recently won a Cornwall Council by-election.
Labour has ruled that the party’s candidate for the Truro & Falmouth constituency must be drawn from an all-women shortlist. Labour came a close second in the constituency last year. Truro & Falmouth is one the seats which Labour must win if Jeremy Corbyn is to be Prime Minister with an overall majority.
Clockwise from top left: Anna Gillett, Jennifer Forbes, Jayne Kirkham and Sophie Johnson
Labour has already selected Paul Farmer as its candidate in the Camborne, Redruth & Hayle constituency.
The Green Party has four Parliamentary spokespeople in place in Cornwall. The Liberal Democrats currently have no timetable for selecting Parliamentary candidates in Cornwall, but former MP Andrew George in St Ives has indicated that he is willing to stand again.