Sam Wheeler confirms he is standing in Gorton, as he secures BFAWU support

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Momentum activist Sam Wheeler confirmed that he is running in Manchester Gorton last night in a statement posted on Facebook, amid intense local efforts to keep him off the shortlist. 

One local Councillor told me, “It’s clear that the winner should be Julie Reid, Luthfur Rahman, Rabnawaz Akbar, Afzal Khan or Mike Amesbury”.

As I wrote on Friday, some local activists are bitterly resisting Mr Wheeler, including some elements of Momentum. Karen Broady, a Momentum activist based in Levenshulme, has been attacking Wheeler on Twitter. A smear campaign against Mr Wheeler has also appeared. 

Mr Wheeler’s Spokesman has been keen to stress to me in our conversations Sam’s local Longsight roots and said that, “These attacks just show people are worried about Sam”.

Mr Wheeler’s campaign today picked up the support of the Bakers Union (BFAWU).  Ian Hodson, the union’s National President said, “Sam’s exactly the sort of candidate Labour needs if it is to reconnect with working class voters and that’s why we’re endorsing him. He’s from an ordinary working class background himself and his track record as a trade union activist and rep means he’s got the knowledge and experience to stand up for our movement in Parliament. We’re calling on all of our members and others in the movement to get behind him”. 

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