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Rowena Mason and Jessica Elgot in the Guardian, “Candidates for other vacancies will be chosen by the party’s ruling bodies on the national executive and regional boards to make sure there are enough people to contest every seat by the first week of May. However, the real prize for candidates are the seats vacated by retiring Labour MPs, including Alan Johnson in West Hull, Andy Burnham in Leigh, Iain Wright in Hartlepool, Pat Glass in North West Durham, Andrew Smith in Oxford East, Tom Blenkinsop for Middlesbrough South and East Cleveland, and Gisela Stuart in Birmingham Edgbaston.. . . .The timetable for selections is extremely tight. MPs will have to declare their intentions by 6pm on Thursday [20 April] . Applications for remaining seats will open on Friday and close on Sunday, followed by a week of officials longlisting and interviewing candidates for priority retirement seats.The NEC and regional board panels will meet to appoint candidates directly from Sunday next week, and all candidates will be in place within two days, by 2 May.” click here

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