Labour Party

Harrow councillor fails in Labour Party general secretary bid

Local Democracy Reporting Service

A Harrow councillor failed in her bid to become the new general secretary of the Labour Party as a six-person shortlist was announced.

Cllr Pamela Fitzpatrick, who represents Headstone South ward, put her name forward for the role of Labour’s most senior employee after being “contacted by members who want an end to a culture of bullying and abuse” within the party.

Despite receiving endorsements from several councillors and Labour groups, she was not selected for the shortlist, which was announced on 21 May.

The position became vacant after trade unionist Jennie Formby – appointed in 2018 – stepped down following the election of Sir Keir Starmer as Labour leader.

Former assistant general secretary David Evans is widely seen as the frontrunner to replace her and is considered to be the favoured candidate of the party’s new leadership.

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