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Search begins to find replacement Workington MP

Contenders for Workington’s Parliamentary seat are keeping tight-lipped about their intentions.

Labour MP Sir Tony Cunningham revealed last week that he was to step down after 13 years to spend more time with his family.

The constituency Labour Party met on Tuesday for a consultation about a replacement candidate.

A report will be presented to Labour’s National Executive Council in the next couple of weeks, when a decision about the selection process will be made.

Sir Tony will remain as MP until the 2015 General Election.

Speculation about potential local candidates has been rife, with names including former Allerdale council leader Mark Fryer and former Labour councillor Tracy Stainton mentioned by sources.

Neither was available for comment last night.

Labour’s town and borough councillor Konrad Hansen said he had not ruled himself in or out.

Councillor Barbara Cannon, losing candidate for the Penrith and the Border seat in 2010, declined to comment.

Celia Tibble, a Seaton councillor, said she was not putting herself forward.

A spokesman for the constituency Labour Party said: “There has been no decision already as to whether this will be an all-women shortlist, and at this point it’s speculation.

“It will take between 10 and 12 weeks to identify a candidate. People who put their names forward will be interviewed by regional party members, who will compile a long list and then a shortlist for Labour Party members to vote on their preferred choice.”

In the 2010 General Election, Sir Tony had a majority of 4,575.

His departure may provide a chance for the Conservatives, Liberal Democrats and UKIP in a traditional Labour stronghold.

Cockermouth Conservative councillor Eric Nicholson has not put himself forward and his colleague Tony Markley declined to say whether he would stand.

Mark Jenkinson, of UKIP, was named in November as the party’s candidate.

Have your say

I've read the sexual discrimination Act 1975 and cannot see where it says that it's right to exclude potential male candidates from putting themselves forward and apply to become Labour candidate for Workington in the 2015 general election. The candidate should be selected on merit not gender. if the Labour Party go ahead and select a women there is a good chance Labour will lose Workington.

Posted by Brenda on 11 January 2015 at 08:14

T.C. replacement!As i said last week about
Barbara Cannon (heaven help us) i feel as bad about the possibility of Mark Fryer being put forward he not the sharpest tool in the box.Tracey Stainton would be good but my source in the party says they do not like her

Posted by sadmanonabus on 11 July 2014 at 13:56

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