Carlisle Labour candidate at last General Election will not stand this time

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Labour's Lee Sherriff
Labour's Lee Sherriff

Carlisle's Labour candidate at the last General Election has announced she will not stand this time around.

Lee Sherriff, a current member of Carlisle City Council, finished second in the race to become Carlisle's MP in 2015, losing out to Conservative John Stevenson.

She won 16,099 votes - a 37.8 per cent share - while Mr Stevenson won 18,873.

In response to a tweet from Fiona Mactaggart, MP for Slough, saying she hoped Ms Sherriff would put herself forward for election, the Carlisle councillor said: "Thank you. Not this time, I've decided that it's not the right time."

At this stage no one from the Labour Party has publically put themselves forward to be in contention for the seat.

In a statement on the Carlisle Labour Facebook page, a party spokesperson said: "As many of you will know Lee Sherriff will not be standing for Parliamentary candidate on this occasion.

"Carlisle will therefore be going to NEC selection. The process and timing is available on Membersnet. Applications open today, and close Sunday Lunch time."

Ms Sherriff currently holds the communities, health and wellbeing portfolio on the city council.

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John   , Carlisle Friday, 21 April, 2017 at 11:29PM
Time for John Stevenson to start worrying
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John   Stitch , Carlisle Friday, 21 April, 2017 at 6:41PM
A wise move. Lee obviously doesn't want to be associated in the impending death of the Labour Party. When they start looking after the working man and woman and not supporting fashionable issues and blaming everything on everyone else they might recover. And get David Milliband in charge instead of Comrade Corbyn.
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Phil   Gilpin , Carlisle Friday, 21 April, 2017 at 12:45PM
Fair play to her, why would she set herself up for another defeat. The margin would only be vastly wider this time.
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Ian   , Carlisle Friday, 21 April, 2017 at 12:14PM
She knows that due to the total distrust/ disrespect of Corbyn she knows she doesn't stand a chance. I can see a major whitewash to the torys coming up. Labour shot themselves when they kept him as leader.
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