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


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 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.

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

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