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BEDSER SURPRISE CONTENDER FOR ERDINGTON

15-02-2010

Former Birmingham Councillor Steve Bedser has emerged as a surprise contender in the race to replace Sion Simon as Labour’s candidate in Erdington. Union boss Jack Dromey is also in the shortlist revealed exclusively on The Stirrer Forum last night.

The other nominees selected by a sub-group of Labour’s NEC yesterday are Washwood Heath councillor Ansar Ali Khan and Handsworth Wood councillor Gurdial Singh Atwal.

Dromey, the husband of Party Chair and Equalities Minister Harriet Harman, will be considered a firm favourite, but Bedser – who held Londbridge ward for a decade until 2008 – is making a strong play to be the local candidate of choice among the 176 members eligible to vote.

In his speech to the NEC, Bedser drew on his work with Northfield MP Richard Burden, and set out his belief in an MP as constituency advocate and campaigner.

He said, “ I can only be certain that I would achieve that…if I were to represent a constituency near to the home that I love.”

And he added: “My partner was born here and we never want to leave. Birmingham Erdington is on our doorstep, and is a prime opportunity for me to serve our party…”

To see Steve Bedser’s speech in full, click here

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