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Brum blues make election choice

The Conservatives have selected Nusrat Ghani to fight the seat of Birmingham Ladywood.

The selection means all three parties will field BME candidates in the contest to replace the retiring (or not so retiring) Labour MP Clare Short.

Labour frontrunner Shabana Mahmood has a job fending off a challenge from the Lib Dem city councillor Ayoub Khan.

In other news, our analysis of Tory BME candidates in December regrettably missed Paul Uppal in Wolverhampton South West.

Uppal is definitely running in a highly winnable seat, which has a tiny Labour majority of 2,252 and will go blue on a moderate 5.6% swing to David Cameron.

Following the news yesterday that Sajid Javid had been selected for the solid seat of Bromsgrove, this means that the Conservatives now stand a good chance of getting ten new BME MPs elected, on top of the two they currently have – Adam Afriyie and Shailesh Vara – who are both odds on to stay in parliament.

LH

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