Unite official favourite for Liverpool Walton says HuffPost

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The HuffPost's Paul Waugh has reported that Len McCluskey's assistant, Dan Carden, is the leading candidate to replace Steve Rotheram in Liverpool Walton. 

Mr Rotheram has indicated that he intends to run again in the General Election but Waugh reports that Rotheram will stand down tomorrow after his election as Liverpool Metro Mayor. There is more chance of Sunderland winning the Premier League than there is of Steve not winning. 

Steve originally told me by text message that it wasn't likely he would stand but changed his mind amongst difficult and rapidly changing local politics. Theresa Griffin MEP had her eye on the seat supported by Liverpool Mayor Joe Anderson, but Joe Anderson sensationally declared himself a candidate. Many sources told me he had made a deal with Rotheram. Dan Carden's name was then floated and Mr Rotheram refused to stand down. Paul Waugh's story indicates that Rotheram has changed his mind again. 

When the election was called I was in the process of writing a story about how Mr Rotheram refused to stand down earlier this year because he didn't want a candidate imposed on the constituency. 

If there is a vacancy, it's near certain that Mr Carden will get the seat. Dan ran for Labour's NEC as Youth Rep over 10 years ago and was beaten by Stephanie Peacock, now the Labour candidate in Barnsley East. Mr Carden worked for Easington MP John Cummings before working for Grahame Morris (Cummings's successor) and then moving to work for Len McCluskey. 

Mr Carden recently deleted his twitter account, presumably in the event of running for Parliament. 

The only other seat the Labour Party has left to select for is Rochdale. As I was the first to exclusively report, Tony Lloyd is running against Katy Clark.

It's expected that Mr Lloyd has a very strong chance. 

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