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Millen in frame for Derby seat

A rising star in the world of politics has thrown his hat in the ring for a Labour-held seat in the East Midlands.

Dr Floyd Millen, who shadowed the former Home Secretary Charles Clarke on the OBV scheme three years ago, is in the race to become Labour’s candidate in Derby North – a seat that covers the city centre – following the retirement of MP Bob Laxton.

Saxophone-playing Millen, 40, runs the public affairs think tank yesMinister and his previous roles include being the head of policy for the Centre for Economic and Social Inclusion (CESI) and the former chief executive of the social policy think tank ROTA.

The married father-of-three, who was born and raised in the Midlands, has had some narrow misses in previous selection contests but received positive reactions from local members.

Laxton, MP since 1997, held a fairly small 3,700 majority over the Conservatives at the last election but this time around (on paper) the Lib Dems, who have selected a veteran local councillor Lucy Care, appear to be the main challengers.

But if Streatham is anything to go by, where a vibrant Labour candidate Chuka Umunna appears to be holding off a challenge despite the governments’ unpopularity, then Labour activists in Derby North may be tempted to plump for Millen, who like Umunna is bright, personable and charismatic.

A member of the Hansard Society, Millen is the son of Jamaican parents who settled in Wolverhampton and went on to run the UK soft drink manufacturing company Top Pops.

We will bring you news of how this selection contest develops.

By Lester Holloway

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3 Responses

  1. Best of luck Floyd, James.

  2. All the best Floyd. It was great working with you on the Shadow Parliamentary Scheme with OBV. Though we are from different parties you are a true gentleman and a scholar. All the best in all that you do.

  3. go floyd! Really hope you do well.

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