Six bidding to be Labour candidate for Blackburn

Six bidding to be Labour candidate for Blackburn

London barrister Sara Ibrahim is challenging to be Labour’s choice

Blackburn with Darwen Council leader Coun Kate Hollern

Manchester city councillor Nasrin Ali

Huddersfield councillor Naheed Arshad-Mather

Agnieska Grabianka-Hindley, a solicitor and daughter of former East Lancashire Euro MP Michael Hindley

Rochdale Labour activist Ann Courtney

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LONDON barrister Sara Ibrahim has emerged as a serious challenger to Kate Hollern in the contest to become Blackburn’s Labour candidate in the 2015 general election.

The 57-year-old borough council leader has received several nominations from ward branches.

But Ms Ibrahim has also been well backed, gathering a local following.

The last of the six women to apply for the seat, which has an all-women shortlist, she is a cont ributor to the ‘Left Foot Forward, Labour blog, and appears to have support at national and regional level.

Manchester city councillor Nasrin Ali, and Huddersfield councillor Naheed Arshad- Mather have also gained several ward nominations.

Blackburn Labour Party secretary Phil Riley is now awaiting trade union branch nominations before compiling a shortlist of three, or four, candidates to go before a hustings and selection meeting at the end of March.

Each woman will make a speech and answer questions before votes of Labour members at the meeting, and those submitted by post, are counted to decide who will be Labour’s candidate in May 2015. Also in the running are Rochdale Labour activist Ann Courtney, and Agnieska Grabianka- Hindley, a London solicitor and daughter of former East Lancashire Euro MP Michael Hindley.

Last year, 67-year-old Jack Straw announced he would be standing down as MP for Blackburn after more than 34 years.

The former Home, Foreign and Justice Secretary had a majority of 14,884 at the 2010 election, making the seat a desirable target for would-be Labour MPs.

Ms Ibrahim is a barrister who focuses on employment, education, and equalities issues, a school governor, and former executive of the Fabian Society.

Mr Straw and Mr Riley have refused to make any comment on the candidates.

An announcement of the shortlist is due later this week.

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12:42pm Tue 4 Mar 14

Bluelizzy says...

Career politicians.

Wouldn't it be good to have a native of Blackburn, with a genuine interest in the welfare of Blackburn rather than the furtherance of their own political career.
Career politicians. Wouldn't it be good to have a native of Blackburn, with a genuine interest in the welfare of Blackburn rather than the furtherance of their own political career. Bluelizzy
  • Score: 63

1:10pm Tue 4 Mar 14

BlackburnEyes says...

Bluelizzy wrote:
Career politicians. Wouldn't it be good to have a native of Blackburn, with a genuine interest in the welfare of Blackburn rather than the furtherance of their own political career.
ha ha dont you get it! this is how the Blackburn Labour party is stitching up this selection in favour of Kate Hollern so everyone says oh we have to have a "local" MP so she gets more of the ward nominations...I can put my house on it that Kate Hollern will be selected to my utter disgust! what Phil Riley wont tell you is that union noms are in! here is the shortlist Kate Hollern Sara Ibrahim Agnes Hindley. After years and years of fighting for transparency and fair selection the Blackburn Labour Party Executive should be ashamed of themselves for playing out this charade!
[quote][p][bold]Bluelizzy[/bold] wrote: Career politicians. Wouldn't it be good to have a native of Blackburn, with a genuine interest in the welfare of Blackburn rather than the furtherance of their own political career.[/p][/quote]ha ha dont you get it! this is how the Blackburn Labour party is stitching up this selection in favour of Kate Hollern so everyone says oh we have to have a "local" MP so she gets more of the ward nominations...I can put my house on it that Kate Hollern will be selected to my utter disgust! what Phil Riley wont tell you is that union noms are in! here is the shortlist Kate Hollern Sara Ibrahim Agnes Hindley. After years and years of fighting for transparency and fair selection the Blackburn Labour Party Executive should be ashamed of themselves for playing out this charade! BlackburnEyes
  • Score: 27

1:45pm Tue 4 Mar 14

woolywords says...

The selection process is fairly straight-forwards.
They throw their car keys in a fruit bowl, have a few drinks and then choose a set of keys..
Don't confuse this with any other party selection process that you may have heard of, as in this case, the whole of Blackburn will get stuffed.
In Parliament the courtesy title will have to be changed to, the dishonourable non-member, not representing and not from Blackburn.

And if any children whom are studying civics are reading this; this is how they do it in Blackburn now and should in no way be confused with some Third World, banana republic. Those people have Marxist principles, where here, they have no principles, whatsoever.
I wonder if they could answer the following, without reference to Google...
Are you in favour of ending the Universal Suffrage of women?
Watch them all answer, Yes!
The selection process is fairly straight-forwards. They throw their car keys in a fruit bowl, have a few drinks and then choose a set of keys.. Don't confuse this with any other party selection process that you may have heard of, as in this case, the whole of Blackburn will get stuffed. In Parliament the courtesy title will have to be changed to, the dishonourable non-member, not representing and not from Blackburn. And if any children whom are studying civics are reading this; this is how they do it in Blackburn now and should in no way be confused with some Third World, banana republic. Those people have Marxist principles, where here, they have no principles, whatsoever. I wonder if they could answer the following, without reference to Google... Are you in favour of ending the Universal Suffrage of women? Watch them all answer, Yes! woolywords
  • Score: 12

2:10pm Tue 4 Mar 14

caballo says...

As if the process isn't flawed enough by having an all female shortlist, you then read
"and those submitted by post"
Do we really need to waste time with the pretence, quit the lip service and just tell us who's representing us.
As if the process isn't flawed enough by having an all female shortlist, you then read "and those submitted by post" Do we really need to waste time with the pretence, quit the lip service and just tell us who's representing us. caballo
  • Score: 15

3:12pm Tue 4 Mar 14

abetterblackburn says...

Backburn’s Safe Seat up for grabs . . .

Guaranteed party votes come what may!

Jack Straw never lived in Blackburn . . .

Barbara Castle never lived in Blackburn . . .

Non on the list live in Blackburn . . .

Will the next MP for Blackburn want to live there?
Backburn’s Safe Seat up for grabs . . . Guaranteed party votes come what may! Jack Straw never lived in Blackburn . . . Barbara Castle never lived in Blackburn . . . Non on the list live in Blackburn . . . Will the next MP for Blackburn want to live there? abetterblackburn
  • Score: 18

3:55pm Tue 4 Mar 14

HarryBosch says...

The selection process is fairly straight-forwards. 

They throw their car keys in a fruit bowl, have a few drinks and then choose a set of keys..

Ha ha ha, I remember playing that game once in my younger days wooly - I ended up with the AA key :-(
The selection process is fairly straight-forwards.  They throw their car keys in a fruit bowl, have a few drinks and then choose a set of keys.. Ha ha ha, I remember playing that game once in my younger days wooly - I ended up with the AA key :-( HarryBosch
  • Score: 5

4:06pm Tue 4 Mar 14

oldblue says...

It would be good to have an MP representing Blackburn who actually lived in the North, let alone Blackburn itself, after all these years of Jack Straw playing the part of a pretend Northerner. If we are soft enough to vote for a London barrister whose only interest in this town is the seat in Parliament that it brings them then we deserve all we get. It should not be a Labour candidate regardless, it should be someone with a genuine interest. It won't be of course, tribalism will win the day, yet again.
It would be good to have an MP representing Blackburn who actually lived in the North, let alone Blackburn itself, after all these years of Jack Straw playing the part of a pretend Northerner. If we are soft enough to vote for a London barrister whose only interest in this town is the seat in Parliament that it brings them then we deserve all we get. It should not be a Labour candidate regardless, it should be someone with a genuine interest. It won't be of course, tribalism will win the day, yet again. oldblue
  • Score: 22

4:14pm Tue 4 Mar 14

Darren1951 says...

"Six bidding to be Labour MP for Blackburn". Blackburn may well be a safe Labour seat, but this selection is for a Labour CANDIDATE, not an MP.
"Six bidding to be Labour MP for Blackburn". Blackburn may well be a safe Labour seat, but this selection is for a Labour CANDIDATE, not an MP. Darren1951
  • Score: 15

4:16pm Tue 4 Mar 14

Reality50 says...

So many Muslims in Blackburn now that a Muslim Labour candidate in a general election is bound to win.
So many Muslims in Blackburn now that a Muslim Labour candidate in a general election is bound to win. Reality50
  • Score: 22

4:22pm Tue 4 Mar 14

Reality50 says...

Yasmin Qureshi is a prime example in Bolton, got nominated by Muslims to win the process and stood in a Muslim dominated constituency and won on a Labour landslide and has been a disastrous MP who is solely interested in her own career and hobby horse subjects like Palestine. Be careful what you wish for.
Yasmin Qureshi is a prime example in Bolton, got nominated by Muslims to win the process and stood in a Muslim dominated constituency and won on a Labour landslide and has been a disastrous MP who is solely interested in her own career and hobby horse subjects like Palestine. Be careful what you wish for. Reality50
  • Score: 20

4:39pm Tue 4 Mar 14

Lancs - pensioner says...

Labour may be the safest seat in the country and we all know why, but it's UKIP for me and many more this time round we have had enough of the lies and deceit from all the other major party's.
Labour may be the safest seat in the country and we all know why, but it's UKIP for me and many more this time round we have had enough of the lies and deceit from all the other major party's. Lancs - pensioner
  • Score: 25

5:17pm Tue 4 Mar 14

DaveBurnley says...

Just remember Kitty Usher in Burnley and what a disaster she was. She helped shut down a lot of post offices in the area and wouldn't help to keep our A&E. Result is that Blackburn A&E is overloaded. Don't make the mistake Burnley did, vote for someone who cares, not a puppet.
Just remember Kitty Usher in Burnley and what a disaster she was. She helped shut down a lot of post offices in the area and wouldn't help to keep our A&E. Result is that Blackburn A&E is overloaded. Don't make the mistake Burnley did, vote for someone who cares, not a puppet. DaveBurnley
  • Score: 22

5:45pm Tue 4 Mar 14

Darren1951 says...

Darren1951 wrote:
"Six bidding to be Labour MP for Blackburn". Blackburn may well be a safe Labour seat, but this selection is for a Labour CANDIDATE, not an MP.
Ha, they've changed the headline!
[quote][p][bold]Darren1951[/bold] wrote: "Six bidding to be Labour MP for Blackburn". Blackburn may well be a safe Labour seat, but this selection is for a Labour CANDIDATE, not an MP.[/p][/quote]Ha, they've changed the headline! Darren1951
  • Score: 9

6:22pm Tue 4 Mar 14

abdullah says...

Didn't know the favourite Kate Hollern is a Muslim,come to think of it might aswell have a Muslim MP,thanks for pointing that out Reality69
Didn't know the favourite Kate Hollern is a Muslim,come to think of it might aswell have a Muslim MP,thanks for pointing that out Reality69 abdullah
  • Score: -6

6:37pm Tue 4 Mar 14

Timefor says...

I'm a sitting here scratching my, 'erm, head wondering what the point of labour is? All they seem to commit to doing is carrying out lib-con cuts. Surely, what we need is a party which will fight to improve everyone's health, welfare and well-being - and not just the rich. In my book, this means not cutting public sector services; rejecting the notion of increases in council tax, rent and service charges to compensate for cuts/austerity; and reversing the privatisation of our welfare services. This is the kind of candidate I'd happily support.
I'm a sitting here scratching my, 'erm, head wondering what the point of labour is? All they seem to commit to doing is carrying out lib-con cuts. Surely, what we need is a party which will fight to improve everyone's health, welfare and well-being - and not just the rich. In my book, this means not cutting public sector services; rejecting the notion of increases in council tax, rent and service charges to compensate for cuts/austerity; and reversing the privatisation of our welfare services. This is the kind of candidate I'd happily support. Timefor
  • Score: 7

7:03pm Tue 4 Mar 14

BlackburnEyes says...

Lancs - pensioner wrote:
Labour may be the safest seat in the country and we all know why, but it's UKIP for me and many more this time round we have had enough of the lies and deceit from all the other major party's.
I've pointed it out before mr lancs UKIP is a vote wasted...ifnyou really want labour to take notice then vote blue I intend to...kick the reds straight in the two balls I means ed's....
[quote][p][bold]Lancs - pensioner[/bold] wrote: Labour may be the safest seat in the country and we all know why, but it's UKIP for me and many more this time round we have had enough of the lies and deceit from all the other major party's.[/p][/quote]I've pointed it out before mr lancs UKIP is a vote wasted...ifnyou really want labour to take notice then vote blue I intend to...kick the reds straight in the two balls I means ed's.... BlackburnEyes
  • Score: 8

7:50pm Tue 4 Mar 14

M.DANNY says...

I agree with some comments why not have a Blackburn woman as our MP regardless of colour, religion etc etc
Labour group want a woman MP for Blackburn and it is a safe Labour seat it's just not because the Muslim votes in Blackburn ,since post second world war in the 1940s ,1950s and 1960s majority white Christians in Blackburn voted Labour.Blackburn been a safe Labour seat since 1945 when Barbara Castle won the landslide Labour victory and now to this date it is a Labour safe seat.Jack Straw MP won it since 1979 and held the seat for 34 years.
Blackburn like other northern towns and cities like Liverpool Manchester Leeds Sheffield Preston has always been Labour .
I agree with some comments why not have a Blackburn woman as our MP regardless of colour, religion etc etc Labour group want a woman MP for Blackburn and it is a safe Labour seat it's just not because the Muslim votes in Blackburn ,since post second world war in the 1940s ,1950s and 1960s majority white Christians in Blackburn voted Labour.Blackburn been a safe Labour seat since 1945 when Barbara Castle won the landslide Labour victory and now to this date it is a Labour safe seat.Jack Straw MP won it since 1979 and held the seat for 34 years. Blackburn like other northern towns and cities like Liverpool Manchester Leeds Sheffield Preston has always been Labour . M.DANNY
  • Score: 8

8:02pm Tue 4 Mar 14

George Khan says...

Salaam putters, I think Ms ibrahim should be candidate
Because she is blody pretty and attuned with the minority
Yes, the hard working Pakistanis who have been subject to hate
From the bigoted indigenous putters that are the majority
It's time Blackburn had a Muslim member of parliament
As a testament to what Pakistanis have done to forge a peaceful community
I think we are on the verge of a historical moment
If only those dim putters from Mill Hill could ever vote for a Pakistani
Salaam putters, I think Ms ibrahim should be candidate Because she is blody pretty and attuned with the minority Yes, the hard working Pakistanis who have been subject to hate From the bigoted indigenous putters that are the majority It's time Blackburn had a Muslim member of parliament As a testament to what Pakistanis have done to forge a peaceful community I think we are on the verge of a historical moment If only those dim putters from Mill Hill could ever vote for a Pakistani George Khan
  • Score: -15

9:00pm Tue 4 Mar 14

Black Car Guy. says...

I wonder how corrupt she will be? Vote rigging etc? Oh and good luck.
I wonder how corrupt she will be? Vote rigging etc? Oh and good luck. Black Car Guy.
  • Score: 4

9:10pm Tue 4 Mar 14

oldblue says...

George Khan wrote:
Salaam putters, I think Ms ibrahim should be candidate
Because she is blody pretty and attuned with the minority
Yes, the hard working Pakistanis who have been subject to hate
From the bigoted indigenous putters that are the majority
It's time Blackburn had a Muslim member of parliament
As a testament to what Pakistanis have done to forge a peaceful community
I think we are on the verge of a historical moment
If only those dim putters from Mill Hill could ever vote for a Pakistani
What has pretty or Muslim got to do with having an effective Member of Parliament? We need someone who cares about Blackburn, someone to help stop it's continuing slide downhill. You seem to be pretty racist in your outlook "putter". Or perhaps you don't understand the concept of democracy.
[quote][p][bold]George Khan[/bold] wrote: Salaam putters, I think Ms ibrahim should be candidate Because she is blody pretty and attuned with the minority Yes, the hard working Pakistanis who have been subject to hate From the bigoted indigenous putters that are the majority It's time Blackburn had a Muslim member of parliament As a testament to what Pakistanis have done to forge a peaceful community I think we are on the verge of a historical moment If only those dim putters from Mill Hill could ever vote for a Pakistani[/p][/quote]What has pretty or Muslim got to do with having an effective Member of Parliament? We need someone who cares about Blackburn, someone to help stop it's continuing slide downhill. You seem to be pretty racist in your outlook "putter". Or perhaps you don't understand the concept of democracy. oldblue
  • Score: 4

11:09pm Tue 4 Mar 14

M.DANNY says...

oldblue wrote:
George Khan wrote:
Salaam putters, I think Ms ibrahim should be candidate
Because she is blody pretty and attuned with the minority
Yes, the hard working Pakistanis who have been subject to hate
From the bigoted indigenous putters that are the majority
It's time Blackburn had a Muslim member of parliament
As a testament to what Pakistanis have done to forge a peaceful community
I think we are on the verge of a historical moment
If only those dim putters from Mill Hill could ever vote for a Pakistani
What has pretty or Muslim got to do with having an effective Member of Parliament? We need someone who cares about Blackburn, someone to help stop it's continuing slide downhill. You seem to be pretty racist in your outlook "putter". Or perhaps you don't understand the concept of democracy.
If there was a beauty contest I think Sara Ibrahim would get the votes. I remember sometime a go there was an office job going in a firm and there was an middle age very experienced woman turned up for an interview and there were three young inexperienced girls turned up for the same job.
Guess who got the job ?
The best looking young girl got the job because the boss fancied her.
The best young man got the nation's votes because he was a handsome young man and he became a prime minister of this great country, gone are the days when grey old men of were preferred to be leader of a nation.
Today's world is about good looks never mine caring and experience with 24 hour satellite TVS , 24 hours of news ,millions of daily papers sold each day your town's MP must be handsome, good looking and from a professional background like Lawyers, Doctors ,Teachers or Brain Surgeons .If they get high profile Cabinet job in a elected Government then Your town will benefit from investments in jobs, housing, schools and regeneration money that would boost your town's economy.
[quote][p][bold]oldblue[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]George Khan[/bold] wrote: Salaam putters, I think Ms ibrahim should be candidate Because she is blody pretty and attuned with the minority Yes, the hard working Pakistanis who have been subject to hate From the bigoted indigenous putters that are the majority It's time Blackburn had a Muslim member of parliament As a testament to what Pakistanis have done to forge a peaceful community I think we are on the verge of a historical moment If only those dim putters from Mill Hill could ever vote for a Pakistani[/p][/quote]What has pretty or Muslim got to do with having an effective Member of Parliament? We need someone who cares about Blackburn, someone to help stop it's continuing slide downhill. You seem to be pretty racist in your outlook "putter". Or perhaps you don't understand the concept of democracy.[/p][/quote]If there was a beauty contest I think Sara Ibrahim would get the votes. I remember sometime a go there was an office job going in a firm and there was an middle age very experienced woman turned up for an interview and there were three young inexperienced girls turned up for the same job. Guess who got the job ? The best looking young girl got the job because the boss fancied her. The best young man got the nation's votes because he was a handsome young man and he became a prime minister of this great country, gone are the days when grey old men of were preferred to be leader of a nation. Today's world is about good looks never mine caring and experience with 24 hour satellite TVS , 24 hours of news ,millions of daily papers sold each day your town's MP must be handsome, good looking and from a professional background like Lawyers, Doctors ,Teachers or Brain Surgeons .If they get high profile Cabinet job in a elected Government then Your town will benefit from investments in jobs, housing, schools and regeneration money that would boost your town's economy. M.DANNY
  • Score: 2

1:44am Wed 5 Mar 14

Reality50 says...

abdullah wrote:
Didn't know the favourite Kate Hollern is a Muslim,come to think of it might aswell have a Muslim MP,thanks for pointing that out Reality69
Hollern may as well be with her support for islamic schools in the town.
[quote][p][bold]abdullah[/bold] wrote: Didn't know the favourite Kate Hollern is a Muslim,come to think of it might aswell have a Muslim MP,thanks for pointing that out Reality69[/p][/quote]Hollern may as well be with her support for islamic schools in the town. Reality50
  • Score: 2

5:20pm Wed 5 Mar 14

George Khan says...

Old blue, you don't have a clue
In this day and age, image is everything
If you look good, putters vote for you
If you don't, then even substance means nothing
Anyway, the fact that she's Asian and a candidate-
With credentials may suit the needs of this town
Jack used the Asian vote for his own sake
And that helped him to stick around
Then when he wanted to leave, he groomed the veil issue
As he knew he didn't need Pakistani or Indian voters
Now that's what I call a divisive MP don't you?
Stoking suspicion and resentment in all quarters
As for me being a racist, don't talk a load of roobish
I'm reacting to racism that has brewed over the years
Doesn't take much for indigenous putters to turn on minorities
Old blue, you don't have a clue In this day and age, image is everything If you look good, putters vote for you If you don't, then even substance means nothing Anyway, the fact that she's Asian and a candidate- With credentials may suit the needs of this town Jack used the Asian vote for his own sake And that helped him to stick around Then when he wanted to leave, he groomed the veil issue As he knew he didn't need Pakistani or Indian voters Now that's what I call a divisive MP don't you? Stoking suspicion and resentment in all quarters As for me being a racist, don't talk a load of roobish I'm reacting to racism that has brewed over the years Doesn't take much for indigenous putters to turn on minorities George Khan
  • Score: 2

5:02pm Thu 6 Mar 14

ste.g says...

Lancs - pensioner wrote:
Labour may be the safest seat in the country and we all know why, but it's UKIP for me and many more this time round we have had enough of the lies and deceit from all the other major party's.
me too.five ukip candidates in blackburn this may and thank goodness one is running in my ward
[quote][p][bold]Lancs - pensioner[/bold] wrote: Labour may be the safest seat in the country and we all know why, but it's UKIP for me and many more this time round we have had enough of the lies and deceit from all the other major party's.[/p][/quote]me too.five ukip candidates in blackburn this may and thank goodness one is running in my ward ste.g
  • Score: 1

5:36pm Thu 6 Mar 14

Timefor says...

Not sure any of 'em can avoid being accused of "lies and deceit". How's about current leadership of UKIP simply not turning up for debates etc, still claiming their wages and expenses and refusing to answer questions about this when asked publicly? And that's before anyone asks any questions about if they have any policies other than a stated wish to leave Europe. Certainly I, for one, can find nothing resembling a policy. Good on sound bites though, I'll give 'em that.
Not sure any of 'em can avoid being accused of "lies and deceit". How's about current leadership of UKIP simply not turning up for debates etc, still claiming their wages and expenses and refusing to answer questions about this when asked publicly? And that's before anyone asks any questions about if they have any policies other than a stated wish to leave Europe. Certainly I, for one, can find nothing resembling a policy. Good on sound bites though, I'll give 'em that. Timefor
  • Score: 1

12:08am Fri 7 Mar 14

RK says...

George Khan wrote:
Old blue, you don't have a clue
In this day and age, image is everything
If you look good, putters vote for you
If you don't, then even substance means nothing
Anyway, the fact that she's Asian and a candidate-
With credentials may suit the needs of this town
Jack used the Asian vote for his own sake
And that helped him to stick around
Then when he wanted to leave, he groomed the veil issue
As he knew he didn't need Pakistani or Indian voters
Now that's what I call a divisive MP don't you?
Stoking suspicion and resentment in all quarters
As for me being a racist, don't talk a load of roobish
I'm reacting to racism that has brewed over the years
Doesn't take much for indigenous putters to turn on minorities
God you are really boring and seeing you mentioned 'groomed' well...
[quote][p][bold]George Khan[/bold] wrote: Old blue, you don't have a clue In this day and age, image is everything If you look good, putters vote for you If you don't, then even substance means nothing Anyway, the fact that she's Asian and a candidate- With credentials may suit the needs of this town Jack used the Asian vote for his own sake And that helped him to stick around Then when he wanted to leave, he groomed the veil issue As he knew he didn't need Pakistani or Indian voters Now that's what I call a divisive MP don't you? Stoking suspicion and resentment in all quarters As for me being a racist, don't talk a load of roobish I'm reacting to racism that has brewed over the years Doesn't take much for indigenous putters to turn on minorities[/p][/quote]God you are really boring and seeing you mentioned 'groomed' well... RK
  • Score: 2

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