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Who should be Labour's choice for mayor? Have your say

IN THE RUNNING: Lammy and Abbott

BLACK LONDONERS could make the difference in the tight race to select Labour's candidate for Mayor of London.

The selection process is for the first time open to Londoners who support the Labour Party if they pay a £3 fee.

Acting party leader Harriet Harman unveiled the final shortlist of candidates today and encouraged people to get involved.

She said: "It won’t just be Labour’s members who choose our candidate. As with our leader and deputy leader elections, we will let the public in.

"Hustings events will be open to the public to come and hear from the candidates, and anybody resident in London who supports the Labour Party can register to vote for who they want to see as the next Labour mayor."

Supporters must register before August 12 and will be given a vote to choose Labour’s candidate as well as Labour’s next leader and deputy leader.

On the shortlist is veteran MP Diane Abbott, former higher education minister David Lammy MP, former MP Tessa Jowell, Tooting MP Sadiq Khan, transport expert Christian Wolmar and shadow deputy minister for London Gareth Thomas.

"Labour’s Mayoral candidate will lead the fightback against the Tories on behalf of Londoners," said Harman. "Who we choose is crucial — and a decision that I want everybody to be involved in making."

Lammy and Abbott appear to be lagging behind frontrunners Jowell and Khan.

Under party rules, individual London Constituency Labour Parties (CLP) must nominate a candidate.

Tottenham MP Lammy has 15 CLP nominations, Abbott, who represents Hackney North and Stoke Newington, has eight. Jowell and Khan have 63 and 42, respectively.

Labour’s candidate for London mayor will be announced at an event in mid September.

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