Liverpool Lord Mayor fails in application to be put on Labour Party shortlist


Re: Rothery v Evans [2021] EWHC 577 (QB)

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.

Tom Gillie and Gavin Millar QC were involved in this case.