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JONES ENDORSES YAQOOB - WITHOUT ACTUALLY SAYING SO

08-04-2010

Retiring Labour MP Lynne Jones has all but endorsed Respect candidate Salma Yaqoob rather than party colleague Roger Godsiff in the forthcoming battle for the Hall Green parliamentary seat. Although Jones isn't saying that she will vote for Yaqoob, she says she "has a lot of time for her" and is encouraging tactical voting.

In a move to clarify comments she made earlier this week the outgoing Selly Oak MP was careful not to openly endorse the idea of Labour supporters to switching sides - not least because this would lead to her expulsion from the party.

But a statement issued to The Stirrer today will undoubtedly be interpreted as an attack on Labour candidate Roger Godsiff - and will be seized upon by Yaqoob's camp as evidence of her support for their candidate.

Jones said: "Where there is a straight fight between Labour and the Tories, I call for a Labour vote as there's no way I want to see a Tory Govt .

"In Hall Green constituency, however, there is no risk of the Tories winning. I am not happy with the endorsement of the Labour candidate.

"Instead, I would encourage tactical voting for the person who most shares my values, and who will put up the greatest fight for a fair society .

"Salma Yaqoob is an excellent candidate of great ability who, as a councillor, has shown that she works hard for her constituents. I have a lot of time for her."

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