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Former Enfield deputy council leader fails in bid to become MP

Ian Barnes had been bidding to become a Labour Party candidate in Coventry where he grew up

Coventry Cathedral (credit DeFacto via Wikimedia Commons) and (inset) Ian Barnes
Coventry Cathedral (credit DeFacto via Wikimedia Commons) and (inset) Ian Barnes

Former Enfield Council deputy leader Ian Barnes has failed in a bid to become a Labour parliamentary candidate in the city where he grew up.

Barnes, who was deputy leader in Enfield between 2019 and 2022, was one of three shortlisted contenders for the Coventry East constituency.

His campaign had emphasised his local links to the area, with the West Midlands city being where he spent most of his childhood after being adopted. He also worked as a broadcast journalist in the area.

But Barnes faced stiff competition during the selection process, as he went up against Mary Creagh, a former Labour MP and government whip under Gordon Brown. Coventry City Council councillor Jim O’Boyle was also a contender.

Last night (Wednesday 21st) it was confirmed that Creagh, who previously represented Wakefield in the House of Commons for 14 years, had been chosen as the Coventry East candidate. It makes her return to Westminster very likely whenever this year’s general election is held.

Barnes reacted on Twitter: “Great turnout tonight, a reflection of three positive, optimistic campaigns. Delighted my hometown will be so well represented.”


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