Liverpool Lord Mayor fails in application to be put on Labour Party shortlist
Rothery v Evans  EWHC 577 (QB)
- Related Member(s):
- Tom Gillie, Gavin Millar QC
- Related Practice Area(s):
- Election Law, Public Law
- High Court, Queen’s Bench Division
An urgent application was made to the High Court by the Labour Lord Mayor of Liverpool, Ann Rothery, for a mandatory injunction. The order would have required her Party to shortlist her for selection as its candidate in the Liverpool City Region mayoral election on 6 May.
Ms Rothery had been on an earlier shortlist drawn up by a shortlisting panel of the National Executive Committee of the party but was not included in a revised shortlist after further interviews.
The ballot papers contained the revised shortlist of potential candidates which were due to be sent to members to select the candidate on 8 March.
The application was dismissed by the Court on the grounds that: the applicant had insufficient prospects of proving at trial that the decision not to shortlist her was in breach of her membership contract; and because, in any event, the balance of convenience suggested that the injunction should be refused.