Tristram Hunt selected for Stoke Central
The TV historian was tonight picked as Labour's candidate for Stoke-on-Trent Central, in succession to the sitting MP Mark Fisher.
Hunt beat two other contenders, Sajjad-Hussain Malik, an Oxfordshire councillor, and Dr Joe Ukemenan, a journalist from London. But many Labour activists are unhappy at having a three-person shortlist imposed upon them by the party high command, from which all local contenders were excluded.
Some told Newnight today that they might shun Tristram Hunt and back an Independent Labour candidate instead. The constituency secretary Gary Elsby says he will announce tomorrow if he will stand as an Independent.
Hunt won overwhelming with 50 votes, while his opponents, Saj Malik and Joe Ukemenem got seven and six votes respectively. Earlier, a rebel attempt to stop the vote was beaten by a margin of about two to one.