Former Stroud MEP throws her hat into the ring

A FORMER Stroud MEP is one of two on the shortlist for Labour’s next parliamentary candidate in the Stroud constituency. 

This comes as it was revealed yesterday that Stroud District Council leader Doina Cornell was removed from the longlist. 

The decision has proved controversial, with left-wing organisation Momentum calling it an ‘anti-democratic stitch-up from Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer. 

Clare Moody – who was born and brought up in the Cotswolds – is one of two candidates on the final shortlist, with the other being Simon Opher. 

To determine who will represent the party and take on Siobhan Baillie at the next general election, a final ballot of the local membership will take place following a hustings. 

“Representing Stroud as its MEP was a great privilege, I’ve always loved campaigning here,” said Ms Moody. 

“With encouragement from local members and trade unions, I’m delighted to have been shortlisted to be the next Labour candidate for Stroud.”

Ms Moody received the backing of current Mayor of Bristol Marvin Rees, who wrote: “Congratulations – all the very best.

“You’ll be a great MP.”

Jude Kirton-Darling – who is the deputy general secretary at industriAll Europe and a former MEP – was equally delighted about the announcement. 

“I’ve known Clare for many years.

“She will be an excellent MP & a passionate voice for voters in Stroud.”


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