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Hopefuls apply for Brum MP contest

Yvonne Mosquito is aiming to become a Birmingham MP

Birmingham councillor Yvonne Mosquito is hoping to put the disappointment of losing a hotly contested selection battle behind her as she tries once again to become a Labour candidate in Britain’s second city.

Mosquito is running to win the nomination for Birmingham Erdington following the retirement of MP Sion Simon, who hopes to become a directly-elected mayor for the UK’s largest local authority.

Mosquito lost out to barrister Shabana Mahmood last year in the race to replace the outspoken former international development secretary Clare Short as MP for Birmingham Ladywood, who announced she would down after leaving the Labour Party in protest over Iraq.

Veteran council member Mosquito, formerly vice-chair of the West Midlands Police Authority, will fancy her chances of taking the Erdington seat, which had a 9,500 majority at the last election, safer for Labour than Ladywood.

Also competing for Erdington is former OBV alumni Dr Floyd Millen, who runs the public affairs think tank yesMinister and is a former chief executive of the social policy think tank ROTA.

Millen, who grew up in Wolverhampton and has family and friends in Birmingham, will also be hoping to win the selection, having impressed in seven previous attempts to become a parliamentary candidate, most recently in Derby South.

However, the national media are focussing on Jack Dromey, a union official and husband of equalities minister Harriet Harman.

LH

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