Monday, 25 February 2008
Thank you Khevyn
After four months of listening to members, seeking nominations, putting my case and the odd bicycle puncture, the end is almost in site.
This Saturday at the Freedom Centre I was honoured that the General Management Committee of the Hull East Labour Party voted me onto the shortlist.
I also have to say I'm really proud to be carrying the standard of USDAW into the hustings after being nominated by both their branches.
All I ever wanted was to be able to put my case to party members in three weeks time. So to everyone who's supported me so far, thank you so much.
But it is tinged with some disappointment. During this selection, I've made a good friend in Khevyn Limbajee (pictured above.) Khevyn, who grew up in Hull and has been a keen activist down in London, was a great candidate.
In fact, during this contest he was also fighting a council by-election in Leyton! I really don't know where he found the energy but he never once complained.
Throughout this selection, he conducted himself with dignity, grace and great humour. He made a big impression on all those he met, including me.
I'm certain that he'll make another CLP very proud by becoming their candidate. And I for one, will be there out on the streets campaigning for him.
So remember Khevyn. Never quit.