Reading Labour Party Council Selections
Abbey – Sitting Councillor Mohammed Ayub has been reselected.
Battle – sitting Councillor Chris Maskell has been reselected to stand once again.
Caversham – Esther Walters
Church – Paul Woodward (49) has been selected. Educated at Charters School and Reading University, he is replacing former Councillor Malcolm Powers who stood in the last local elections.
Katesgrove – Matt Rodda has been selected to stand against sitting Lib Dem Gareth Epps. Rodda has stood a couple of times in Caversham and each time seen the Conservatives increased their majority. He also stood for Parliament in East Surrey in 2010 and before that was a journalist on the Independent.
Kentwood – Daya Pal Singh
Minster – Sitting Councillor Paul Gittings has been reselected.
Norcot – SItting Councillor Graeme Hoskin has been reselected.
Park – Richard McKenzie has been selected to stand once again in the ward he lost last year. He is famous for having coming fifth in the Henley by-election behind the Greens and BNP, with one of the worst scores Labour has ever achieved in a Parliamentary election.
Peppard – Dave Absolom
Redlands – Jan Gavin has been selected to attempt to regain this ward for Labour from sitting Lib Dem Councillor and Deputy Leader of the Council Kirsten Bayes.
Southcote – Sitting Councillor Pete Ruhemann has been reselected.
Thames – Duncan Bruce has been selected to stand against sitting Councillor Jeanette Skeats.
Tilehurst – Former Councillor and Mayor Rose Williams will stand.
Whitley – Kelly Edwards has been selected to replace sitting Councillor Jim Hanley. Kelly stood in Redlands ward in May 2010 and lost to the Lib Dems. In 2005 she stood for Parliament in Hertsmere and was then passed over for selection for the Reading West candidature, losing out to Naz Sarkar. She will be hoping to improve on her electoral record in what has been until recently a safe Labour ward.
I would be interested to receive any further updates or information that anyone may have about Labour candidate selections.
While writing about selections I will add my voice to those who have commented on the smear tactics being perpetrated by some Labour Councillors and candidates. There seems to have been a concerted campaign to fabricate a story that Lib Dems and Conservatives either will not stand candidates against each other or will campaign for the other party’s candidate in some wards. This is complete tosh. Both parties are pledged to stand in every ward and actively promote their own candidates and policies. However, it would be surprising and disappointing if two parties that are in coalition descended into the kind of personal attacks and smears against each other that we have so often seen from Labour. I will post further articles in the future about Lib Dem and Conservative candidate selections.