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Labour pick 10th new BME candidate in winnable seat

Labour has selected another Black candidate in a winnable seat. Victor Agarwal will defend the Labour-held seat of North Swindon at the election.

The Surrey County councillor, who has been a Labour activist since he was 17, hopes to replace the justice minister Michael Wills who is standing down after representing the seat for the past 13 years.

He becomes the tenth Labour candidate to be selected for a winnable seat.

Agarwal is defending a notional 2,800 majority and could hold off a Conservative challenge if he keeps the anti-Labour swing under 6%, an entirely realistic feat given the faltering poll fortunes of David Cameron.

He said: “I am delighted to be selected by the members. The 2010 General Election is our toughest challenge yet, to deliver a 4th term Labour Government will not be easy, but nothing is impossible, if we are dedicated and work hard it can be done.”

Agarwal became the first Asian councillor to be elected to Surrey County in 2003 and is now the last remaining Labour politician in the authority.

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  1. I imagine you must welcome the selection of Kwasi Karteng in Spelthorne? I would hope so anyway.

    EDITOR WRITES: Yes. https://operationblackvote.wordpress.com/2010/01/28/setting-the-record-straight-with-conservativehome/

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