Farewell, Joan

Dame Joan Ruddock, the long-standing Labour MP for Lewisham Deptford, is to stand down at the next election, South London Paper Kate reports.

Perhaps exhausted by her fight to protect Lewisham A&E from closure, she's calling it a day. Given that we can be 100% assured of a Labour MP at the next election, the question becomes: who will Labour choose? Hopefully someone with some energy and passion for local issues.

16 comments:

Chilbaldi said...

Harriet Harman's son has been sniffing around, so I hear.

Carol said...

 Before discussing who's next I'd rather say 'thank you' for all she's done for us, most recently in dealing with Student Finance England. What a set of incompetents they are! Allegedly, I worked in a co-op in Wrexham, then next I came from Romford. Neither of which was true. And it happened under a Labour PM and a Tory Pm too. Thanks for sorting it out and for being on our side.

Ben said...

Wouldn't be surprised to see Len Duvall getting the nod. Or Damien Egan who has done his time running no hope seats twice already.

@Chilbaldi:disqus - Joe Dromey is the son in question. He has publicly denied he's interested, after both the Independent and Guido Fawkes ran stories on it. 

Three family members in Parliament at the same time might be a bit much for anyone to stomach...

Monkeyboy said...

I'm badgering Cllr mike Harris @mjrharris. He's playing hard to get.

Kate Gould said...

very hard to get

Max Calò said...

Steve Bullock!

St said...

All Women Shortlist?

Dave Crowley said...

Hope to keep seing Joan at the Brockley Max every year!

Fatty said...

Nil interest.

Miranda About Town said...

On the twitter roll it mentions that Harman's son supporting one of the councillors vicky foxcroft so there is already positioning for candidates by the party high command. I know that florence nosegbe - councillor from lambeth who contested lewisham east in 2009 will be throwing her hat in the ring. Decent black councillor with some sensible politics - about time there was a black female candidate for south london. 

Chris Wheal said...

Given that Labour will win any election, it would probably take about 500 people to join the local party to decide who should be the MP for the area for the next 25 years. That's how democracy works. Voting in the election is irrelevant. A tiny unrepresentative minority in the local party makes all the difference.

Tom said...

So, you're saying that in order to have a well-functioning democracy people need to get involved and vote? Why wasn't I informed?!? 

Chris Wheal said...

No, I am saying voting is irrelevant in places such as Lewisham. Votes have no influence over who their MP is, only a tiny handful of Labour Party members.

You said...

Good riddance. 

Wombles4000 said...

Chris is right. Voting in the next election will be a waste of time in that area as the winner will have a red rosette. Far more effective to try to influence the local party selection, unless central command decide to parachute their chosen candidate in above local feeling, which they have form in doing.

David Green said...

That's not quite the case. A vote is worth the same in a marginal seat as in a safe seat - that is, it's one of 70-odd thousand. However, in a safe seat like Lewisham Deptford, you live with the fact that a large portion of your fellow constituents tend to make the same voting decision at every election - which is, of course, their absolute right.

Arguments about how 'undemocratic' or 'unrepresentative' MPs in safe seats are tend to ignore the fact that, in every seat (and, also, in every form of electoral system) you have to live with what other voters choose.

So - if you want something different, how about you go out there and try to persuade some people?

(full disclosure - I'm a member of Lewisham Deptford Labour Party).

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