LEWISHAM EAST: Labour Select ‘Moderate’ Janet Daby
It has been announced that the Labour candidate in Lewisham East will be Janet Daby. Councillor Daby, a local councillor and Deputy Mayor in Lewisham East, was selected ahead of Momentum-backed rival Sakina Sheikh in the final ballot by 288 votes to 135. It followed a stormy selection meeting in which Sheikh was asked to step aside by NEC officer Jim Kennedy who suggested that she could be ineligible over her previous links to radical organisation Take Back the City.
Mr Kennedy was however overruled by the Party General Secretary. Ms Daby immediately took to Twitter to pledge to campaign against ‘Hard Brexit’.
— Janet Daby (@JanetDaby) May 16, 2018
Councillor Daby is, however, one of the three candidates on the Labour shortlist linked to Shakeel Begg, the Imam at the Lewisham Islamic Centre whose sermons were ruled by a judge to contain ‘extremist content’ :
“The various core extremist messages which emerge from the claimant’s speeches and utterances would, in my view, have been quite clear to the audiences. The claimant’s ostensible cloak of respectability is likely to have made his [extremist] message in these speeches all the more compelling and seductive. For this reason, therefore, his messages would have been all the more effective and dangerous. It is all too easy for someone in the claimant’s position of power and influence as an Imam to plant the seed of Islamic extremism in a young mind, which is then liable to be propagated on the internet.”
The selection marks the opening of the battle for Lewisham East in a relatively short campaign which culminates on June 14th.