What is it with Politicians that they can’t get enough of Elections ?
No sooner are we through and past a General Election than they start swarming round potential candidates for the election of a (replacement) Leader of the LABOUR PARTY !And with so few people aware of who these ‘candidates’ might be (less than 15% recognised names or faces in a recent poll), it is incumbent upon us to regale you with erudition (tell you who’s who) of these ‘skally-wags’ (read ‘Metroplitan elite’) .. we’ll be adding them, one at a time ..A very experienced politician who has served as Member of Parliament (MP) for Brent North since 1997.He served under Tony Blair and Gordon Brown as a junior minister in the Northern Ireland Office, the Department for Productivity, Energy and Industry, the Department of Trade and Industry and finally in the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, before becoming Shadow Secretary of State for International Trade in 2016.Within the space of nine hours, he both announced that he was standing for the Labour leadership – and then announced that he wasn’t, after all. What a pity. PMQs could have been renamed Gardiner’s Question Time.We introduce to you Barry Strachan Gardiner (born 10 March 1957)Polling 0%Lobby correspondents nickname - ‘The Invisible Man’This is the Member of Parliament (MP) for Salford and Eccles since the 2015 general election and the Shadow Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy in Jeremy Corbyn's Shadow Cabinet since February 2017 (and so fully involved and committed to Jeremy's 'failed' policies).Born 22 September 1979 in Old Trafford, Greater Manchester, to Irish parents.She served customers in a pawn shop, something she says "taught [her] more about the struggles of life than any degree or qualification ever could" and also in various call centres, a furniture factory, and in postal delivery before eventually studying to become a solicitor.She then studied Politics and Sociology at Manchester Metropolitan University before completing "various part-time law conversion and solicitors' courses." She has worked for the law firm Pinsent Masons and in 2003, she began working as a landlord and tenant solicitor for the law firm Halliwells; she moved in 2007 to work for Hill Dickinson, specialising in commercial law, commercial property, NHS contracts and NHS estates. Received the backing of Unite to stand for electionMarried with one son.We introduce to you Rebecca Long-BaileyPolling 20% (YouGov)Lobby correspondents nickname - ‘Wrong-Daily’With 22 nominations needed to progress in the contest, we present the MP for Islington South and Finsbury. Starting life as a cleaner and a barmaid in London alongside resitting her O-Levels and taking her A-Levels, she went on to study law at the University of Kent in Canterbury, graduating in 1982, and was called to the Bar at Gray's Inn before practising as a barrister specialising in human rights law from 1985 to 2005 under Michael Mansfield at Tooks Chambers. She joined the Transport and General Workers' Union in 1985.Elected to Parliament in 2005, she served as Shadow Attorney General, then shadow employment minister, shadow defence secretary, and shadow foreign secretary.The scion of a high-flying family, her father Cedric taught international law at the London School of Economics and was later a United Nations Assistant Secretary-General: her mother became a Labour councillor and mayor.July 1991 she married fellow barrister Christopher Nugee, of Wilberforce Chambers in Tower Hamlets and they have two sons and a daughter. He became a Queen's Counsel and, when made a High Court Judge, he was knighted.The ennobled ‘Lady Nugee’ lives on Richmond Crescent, Barnsbury (alongside Tony Blair) and her multi-million pound property portfolio includes houses in Guildford and South London.We introduce to you Emily Anne ThornburyLobby correspondents nickname - ‘’Her High and Worshipful-ness’