Labour reveal potential candidates

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LABOUR has announced their shortlist of candidates to stand in the Eastleigh by-election.

A TV comedy writer, a media entrepreneur and two Southampton city councillors are among those vying to be chosen by local Labour party members tomorrow.

This comes after the sudden resignation of MP Chris Huhne after he confessed to perverting the course of justice over a speeding offence.

A win for Labour would be the first time they have returned a member to parliament since the Second World War.

The highest profile candidate to throw his hat into the ring is John O'Farrell, who writer and sometime presenter for Have I got News For You.

Three other candidates also have a media background.

Mark Latham, a lifelong Labour supporter since birth from Eastleigh, has worked in network television production and will be standing alongside Caroline Penn from Brighton who runs a webdesigning business.

Sarah Rabbits is a communications professional and consultant who has worked from the BBC and grew up in Surrey.

Two of the candidates are currently councillors in Southampton. Cllr Andrew Pope represents Redbridge on the outskirts of Eastleigh, where has family and also where he works as in IT industry. He is also chairman of Southampton City Council's Health and Overview Scrutiny Committee.

Cllr Darren Paffey is represents Pear Tree in the east of the city. He is also a lecturer in Spanish and Linguistics at the University of Southampton.

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5:14pm Mon 11 Feb 13

freefinker says...

.. yes, the anti-Labour bias of the Echo continues.

Just arrived as a new story at 4:47, very relevant to the local by-election, and is placed 14 stories from the top – well below 2 other election items that have been there most of the day.
.. yes, the anti-Labour bias of the Echo continues. Just arrived as a new story at 4:47, very relevant to the local by-election, and is placed 14 stories from the top – well below 2 other election items that have been there most of the day. freefinker

6:04pm Mon 11 Feb 13

StevenGalton says...

Am i the only one thinking Redbridge on the outskirts of Eastleigh is maybe stretching things a tad...

freefinker I think you'll find this isn't an official Labour press release and was taken from http://labourlist.or
g/2013/02/eastleigh-
whos-in-the-running-
to-be-the-labour-can
didate/ so arguably not very relevant at all - when Labour announce their candidate I am sure they will receive the appropriate prominence in reporting.
Am i the only one thinking Redbridge on the outskirts of Eastleigh is maybe stretching things a tad... freefinker I think you'll find this isn't an official Labour press release and was taken from http://labourlist.or g/2013/02/eastleigh- whos-in-the-running- to-be-the-labour-can didate/ so arguably not very relevant at all - when Labour announce their candidate I am sure they will receive the appropriate prominence in reporting. StevenGalton

7:01pm Mon 11 Feb 13

Paramjit Bahia says...

While respecting NuLabour's right to select its candidate, I have no doubt this selection is going to be a typical NuLabour stitch up.

Otherwise how could they not have short listed Alan Lloyd?

Obviously independent and objective views, telling the truth, believing in Labour values, working hard for ordinary people and not always towing the line of virtual dictators within his party, which are some of the attributes of former Labour candidate for Eastleigh are not appreciated by Milliband and his advisors like John Denham.

So although Milliband and his mob keep on saying that they have learnt from past mistakes and NuLabour is dead, in reality Blairism is still the real agenda of Conservatised NuLabour.

That is why short list for candidate is dominated by people connected with media, who may be experienced in spinning and making jokes for fooling the people.

This short list in itself may also be a sham, I suspect numbers have been made up to keep Alan Lloyd out, to provide free run for establishment's favourite side kick.

Yes on the basis of own devil is preferable to other's devil I still be glad if NuLabour wins, but have to be honest this short list stinks of stitch up and yet more proof that thatcherised NuLabour has not changed
While respecting NuLabour's right to select its candidate, I have no doubt this selection is going to be a typical NuLabour stitch up. Otherwise how could they not have short listed Alan Lloyd? Obviously independent and objective views, telling the truth, believing in Labour values, working hard for ordinary people and not always towing the line of virtual dictators within his party, which are some of the attributes of former Labour candidate for Eastleigh are not appreciated by Milliband and his advisors like John Denham. So although Milliband and his mob keep on saying that they have learnt from past mistakes and NuLabour is dead, in reality Blairism is still the real agenda of Conservatised NuLabour. That is why short list for candidate is dominated by people connected with media, who may be experienced in spinning and making jokes for fooling the people. This short list in itself may also be a sham, I suspect numbers have been made up to keep Alan Lloyd out, to provide free run for establishment's favourite side kick. Yes on the basis of own devil is preferable to other's devil I still be glad if NuLabour wins, but have to be honest this short list stinks of stitch up and yet more proof that thatcherised NuLabour has not changed Paramjit Bahia

7:05pm Mon 11 Feb 13

Paramjit Bahia says...

freefinker wrote:
.. yes, the anti-Labour bias of the Echo continues.

Just arrived as a new story at 4:47, very relevant to the local by-election, and is placed 14 stories from the top – well below 2 other election items that have been there most of the day.
Agree. I only looked for it after reading your message.

This is clever abuse of journalism by Echo's staff
[quote][p][bold]freefinker[/bold] wrote: .. yes, the anti-Labour bias of the Echo continues. Just arrived as a new story at 4:47, very relevant to the local by-election, and is placed 14 stories from the top – well below 2 other election items that have been there most of the day.[/p][/quote]Agree. I only looked for it after reading your message. This is clever abuse of journalism by Echo's staff Paramjit Bahia

7:20pm Mon 11 Feb 13

IronLady2010 says...

Paramjit Bahia wrote:
freefinker wrote:
.. yes, the anti-Labour bias of the Echo continues.

Just arrived as a new story at 4:47, very relevant to the local by-election, and is placed 14 stories from the top – well below 2 other election items that have been there most of the day.
Agree. I only looked for it after reading your message.

This is clever abuse of journalism by Echo's staff
I would have to disagree, Labour haven't yet announced who will stand, having some hearsay about this person or that person may stand isn't really of interest to anyone.

Tomorrow they will get their 5 minutes of fame at the top of the page, I'm sure ;-)
[quote][p][bold]Paramjit Bahia[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]freefinker[/bold] wrote: .. yes, the anti-Labour bias of the Echo continues. Just arrived as a new story at 4:47, very relevant to the local by-election, and is placed 14 stories from the top – well below 2 other election items that have been there most of the day.[/p][/quote]Agree. I only looked for it after reading your message. This is clever abuse of journalism by Echo's staff[/p][/quote]I would have to disagree, Labour haven't yet announced who will stand, having some hearsay about this person or that person may stand isn't really of interest to anyone. Tomorrow they will get their 5 minutes of fame at the top of the page, I'm sure ;-) IronLady2010

7:46pm Mon 11 Feb 13

Paramjit Bahia says...

IronLady2010 wrote:
Paramjit Bahia wrote:
freefinker wrote:
.. yes, the anti-Labour bias of the Echo continues.

Just arrived as a new story at 4:47, very relevant to the local by-election, and is placed 14 stories from the top – well below 2 other election items that have been there most of the day.
Agree. I only looked for it after reading your message.

This is clever abuse of journalism by Echo's staff
I would have to disagree, Labour haven't yet announced who will stand, having some hearsay about this person or that person may stand isn't really of interest to anyone.

Tomorrow they will get their 5 minutes of fame at the top of the page, I'm sure ;-)
Then why so much news coverage of UKIP even before they announced their candidate?

Yesterday I spoke to two friends who are NuLabour MPs, and found out that I was wrong in thinking that John Denham is working in Eastleigh on his own, or with only nominal team. In fact they all are putting in massive effort.

Only party rules for selecting candidates have caused delay in selecting candidate.

In my view by keeping Alan Lloyd off the list NuLabour has made a mistake, but that is different subject.

I am convinced for NuLabour it won't simply be 5 min fame on front page, but they will get plenty of votes as well as will UKIP which will damage Tories.
[quote][p][bold]IronLady2010[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Paramjit Bahia[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]freefinker[/bold] wrote: .. yes, the anti-Labour bias of the Echo continues. Just arrived as a new story at 4:47, very relevant to the local by-election, and is placed 14 stories from the top – well below 2 other election items that have been there most of the day.[/p][/quote]Agree. I only looked for it after reading your message. This is clever abuse of journalism by Echo's staff[/p][/quote]I would have to disagree, Labour haven't yet announced who will stand, having some hearsay about this person or that person may stand isn't really of interest to anyone. Tomorrow they will get their 5 minutes of fame at the top of the page, I'm sure ;-)[/p][/quote]Then why so much news coverage of UKIP even before they announced their candidate? Yesterday I spoke to two friends who are NuLabour MPs, and found out that I was wrong in thinking that John Denham is working in Eastleigh on his own, or with only nominal team. In fact they all are putting in massive effort. Only party rules for selecting candidates have caused delay in selecting candidate. In my view by keeping Alan Lloyd off the list NuLabour has made a mistake, but that is different subject. I am convinced for NuLabour it won't simply be 5 min fame on front page, but they will get plenty of votes as well as will UKIP which will damage Tories. Paramjit Bahia

7:54pm Mon 11 Feb 13

IronLady2010 says...

Paramjit Bahia wrote:
IronLady2010 wrote:
Paramjit Bahia wrote:
freefinker wrote:
.. yes, the anti-Labour bias of the Echo continues.

Just arrived as a new story at 4:47, very relevant to the local by-election, and is placed 14 stories from the top – well below 2 other election items that have been there most of the day.
Agree. I only looked for it after reading your message.

This is clever abuse of journalism by Echo's staff
I would have to disagree, Labour haven't yet announced who will stand, having some hearsay about this person or that person may stand isn't really of interest to anyone.

Tomorrow they will get their 5 minutes of fame at the top of the page, I'm sure ;-)
Then why so much news coverage of UKIP even before they announced their candidate?

Yesterday I spoke to two friends who are NuLabour MPs, and found out that I was wrong in thinking that John Denham is working in Eastleigh on his own, or with only nominal team. In fact they all are putting in massive effort.

Only party rules for selecting candidates have caused delay in selecting candidate.

In my view by keeping Alan Lloyd off the list NuLabour has made a mistake, but that is different subject.

I am convinced for NuLabour it won't simply be 5 min fame on front page, but they will get plenty of votes as well as will UKIP which will damage Tories.
I need to apologise, I didn't intend for my comment of '5 minute fame' to be taken out of context.

In my opinion they are all having 5 minutes of fame as come tomorrow when more candidates are announced, the headlines will change.


Apologies if my post appeared to be anti Labour, it was not intentional. This is down to the people of Eastleigh to choose.
[quote][p][bold]Paramjit Bahia[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]IronLady2010[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Paramjit Bahia[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]freefinker[/bold] wrote: .. yes, the anti-Labour bias of the Echo continues. Just arrived as a new story at 4:47, very relevant to the local by-election, and is placed 14 stories from the top – well below 2 other election items that have been there most of the day.[/p][/quote]Agree. I only looked for it after reading your message. This is clever abuse of journalism by Echo's staff[/p][/quote]I would have to disagree, Labour haven't yet announced who will stand, having some hearsay about this person or that person may stand isn't really of interest to anyone. Tomorrow they will get their 5 minutes of fame at the top of the page, I'm sure ;-)[/p][/quote]Then why so much news coverage of UKIP even before they announced their candidate? Yesterday I spoke to two friends who are NuLabour MPs, and found out that I was wrong in thinking that John Denham is working in Eastleigh on his own, or with only nominal team. In fact they all are putting in massive effort. Only party rules for selecting candidates have caused delay in selecting candidate. In my view by keeping Alan Lloyd off the list NuLabour has made a mistake, but that is different subject. I am convinced for NuLabour it won't simply be 5 min fame on front page, but they will get plenty of votes as well as will UKIP which will damage Tories.[/p][/quote]I need to apologise, I didn't intend for my comment of '5 minute fame' to be taken out of context. In my opinion they are all having 5 minutes of fame as come tomorrow when more candidates are announced, the headlines will change. Apologies if my post appeared to be anti Labour, it was not intentional. This is down to the people of Eastleigh to choose. IronLady2010

8:06pm Mon 11 Feb 13

freefinker says...

IronLady2010 wrote:
Paramjit Bahia wrote:
freefinker wrote:
.. yes, the anti-Labour bias of the Echo continues.

Just arrived as a new story at 4:47, very relevant to the local by-election, and is placed 14 stories from the top – well below 2 other election items that have been there most of the day.
Agree. I only looked for it after reading your message.

This is clever abuse of journalism by Echo's staff
I would have to disagree, Labour haven't yet announced who will stand, having some hearsay about this person or that person may stand isn't really of interest to anyone.

Tomorrow they will get their 5 minutes of fame at the top of the page, I'm sure ;-)
.. just scrolled back through all the stories to last Monday.

Three stories relating purely to UKIP, all before they announced their candidate.

Not one single story about Labour. And now this relegated to near the bottom.

Don't get me wrong, I will NEVER EVER vote for Labour again as they totally failed to bring down the war criminal Blair, and thus have the blood of hundreds of thousands of innocent Iraqis staining their hands.

All I'm doing is pointing out the Echo bias.
[quote][p][bold]IronLady2010[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Paramjit Bahia[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]freefinker[/bold] wrote: .. yes, the anti-Labour bias of the Echo continues. Just arrived as a new story at 4:47, very relevant to the local by-election, and is placed 14 stories from the top – well below 2 other election items that have been there most of the day.[/p][/quote]Agree. I only looked for it after reading your message. This is clever abuse of journalism by Echo's staff[/p][/quote]I would have to disagree, Labour haven't yet announced who will stand, having some hearsay about this person or that person may stand isn't really of interest to anyone. Tomorrow they will get their 5 minutes of fame at the top of the page, I'm sure ;-)[/p][/quote].. just scrolled back through all the stories to last Monday. Three stories relating purely to UKIP, all before they announced their candidate. Not one single story about Labour. And now this relegated to near the bottom. Don't get me wrong, I will NEVER EVER vote for Labour again as they totally failed to bring down the war criminal Blair, and thus have the blood of hundreds of thousands of innocent Iraqis staining their hands. All I'm doing is pointing out the Echo bias. freefinker

8:13pm Mon 11 Feb 13

IronLady2010 says...

I can understand why The Echo have made a point of UKIP, they are allegedly the next party to replace Lib Dems according to many News sources.

There was bound to be much excitement about what they would be up to and let's face it, The Echo NEED to sell papers.

I don't often disagree with your posts, so am going to wait until ALL parties have announced their candidates before judging wether there is any bias.
I can understand why The Echo have made a point of UKIP, they are allegedly the next party to replace Lib Dems according to many News sources. There was bound to be much excitement about what they would be up to and let's face it, The Echo NEED to sell papers. I don't often disagree with your posts, so am going to wait until ALL parties have announced their candidates before judging wether there is any bias. IronLady2010

8:34pm Mon 11 Feb 13

Paramjit Bahia says...

IronLady2010 wrote:
Paramjit Bahia wrote:
IronLady2010 wrote:
Paramjit Bahia wrote:
freefinker wrote:
.. yes, the anti-Labour bias of the Echo continues.

Just arrived as a new story at 4:47, very relevant to the local by-election, and is placed 14 stories from the top – well below 2 other election items that have been there most of the day.
Agree. I only looked for it after reading your message.

This is clever abuse of journalism by Echo's staff
I would have to disagree, Labour haven't yet announced who will stand, having some hearsay about this person or that person may stand isn't really of interest to anyone.

Tomorrow they will get their 5 minutes of fame at the top of the page, I'm sure ;-)
Then why so much news coverage of UKIP even before they announced their candidate?

Yesterday I spoke to two friends who are NuLabour MPs, and found out that I was wrong in thinking that John Denham is working in Eastleigh on his own, or with only nominal team. In fact they all are putting in massive effort.

Only party rules for selecting candidates have caused delay in selecting candidate.

In my view by keeping Alan Lloyd off the list NuLabour has made a mistake, but that is different subject.

I am convinced for NuLabour it won't simply be 5 min fame on front page, but they will get plenty of votes as well as will UKIP which will damage Tories.
I need to apologise, I didn't intend for my comment of '5 minute fame' to be taken out of context.

In my opinion they are all having 5 minutes of fame as come tomorrow when more candidates are announced, the headlines will change.


Apologies if my post appeared to be anti Labour, it was not intentional. This is down to the people of Eastleigh to choose.
Hi, you have no reason to apologise. Your point was very valid.

It is not only Echo but how our so called free press behaves. They exploit our society's comittment to the principle of free press, by abusing the power to form public opinion through biased coverage of events.

For example press has created the myth that UKIP is the only party which is against EU. Because UKIP is financed by certain types of rich people who are on political right and have jumped on this bandwagon only few years ago.

Fact is that many on left of centre have always opposed EEC which evolved in the EU. People like former Southampton MP Bryan Gould, Tony Benn, Arthur Scargill and many others about whom press has printed many lies
[quote][p][bold]IronLady2010[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Paramjit Bahia[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]IronLady2010[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Paramjit Bahia[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]freefinker[/bold] wrote: .. yes, the anti-Labour bias of the Echo continues. Just arrived as a new story at 4:47, very relevant to the local by-election, and is placed 14 stories from the top – well below 2 other election items that have been there most of the day.[/p][/quote]Agree. I only looked for it after reading your message. This is clever abuse of journalism by Echo's staff[/p][/quote]I would have to disagree, Labour haven't yet announced who will stand, having some hearsay about this person or that person may stand isn't really of interest to anyone. Tomorrow they will get their 5 minutes of fame at the top of the page, I'm sure ;-)[/p][/quote]Then why so much news coverage of UKIP even before they announced their candidate? Yesterday I spoke to two friends who are NuLabour MPs, and found out that I was wrong in thinking that John Denham is working in Eastleigh on his own, or with only nominal team. In fact they all are putting in massive effort. Only party rules for selecting candidates have caused delay in selecting candidate. In my view by keeping Alan Lloyd off the list NuLabour has made a mistake, but that is different subject. I am convinced for NuLabour it won't simply be 5 min fame on front page, but they will get plenty of votes as well as will UKIP which will damage Tories.[/p][/quote]I need to apologise, I didn't intend for my comment of '5 minute fame' to be taken out of context. In my opinion they are all having 5 minutes of fame as come tomorrow when more candidates are announced, the headlines will change. Apologies if my post appeared to be anti Labour, it was not intentional. This is down to the people of Eastleigh to choose.[/p][/quote]Hi, you have no reason to apologise. Your point was very valid. It is not only Echo but how our so called free press behaves. They exploit our society's comittment to the principle of free press, by abusing the power to form public opinion through biased coverage of events. For example press has created the myth that UKIP is the only party which is against EU. Because UKIP is financed by certain types of rich people who are on political right and have jumped on this bandwagon only few years ago. Fact is that many on left of centre have always opposed EEC which evolved in the EU. People like former Southampton MP Bryan Gould, Tony Benn, Arthur Scargill and many others about whom press has printed many lies Paramjit Bahia

9:36pm Mon 11 Feb 13

IronLady2010 says...

Peace - Jim Duggan

Monster Raving Loony - Howling Laud Hope

Conservative - Maria Hutchings

UKIP - Diane James

Health Action - Ian Maclennan

TUSC - Darren Procter

Liberal Democrat - Mike Thornton

These are the ones I have found to be standing, I haven't seen anything on The Echo about TUSC or Health Action or even the Monster Loonies.
Peace - Jim Duggan Monster Raving Loony - Howling Laud Hope Conservative - Maria Hutchings UKIP - Diane James Health Action - Ian Maclennan TUSC - Darren Procter Liberal Democrat - Mike Thornton These are the ones I have found to be standing, I haven't seen anything on The Echo about TUSC or Health Action or even the Monster Loonies. IronLady2010

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