Prescott Junior stands down (again) as Dan Jarvis gets good news
Labour is backing the Barnsley Central MP's mayoral bid after all.
Dan Jarvis has won his battle to be allowed to stay on as an MP if he is elected as mayor of the Sheffield city region.
The MP for Barnsley Central was chosen last month by 58% of party members in Sheffield, Rotherham, Barnsley and Doncaster to be their candidate in the race. He immediately became the overwhelming favourite to win the mayoral contest.
Three days before his selection, the party’s national executive committee had ruled that Jarvis would not be able to stay on as an MP if he was elected.
But – after a backlash from fellow Labour MPs - the party announced on Tuesday that it was formally backing Jarvis’s candidacy. A Labour source revealed both parties had now agreed the Barnsley Central MP would be able to remain in parliament.
Responding to the decision, Jarvis said: “I am honoured to be Labour’s candidate for the Sheffield city region mayoral election and I am looking forward to the campaign.”
The news may have gone down less well with the son of ex-deputy prime minister John Prescott.
David Prescott, now a senior adviser to Jeremy Corbyn, was said to be “waiting in the wings” for Jarvis’ safe seat before the NEC reversed its stance. But a Labour spokesperson insisted that Corbyn's office was not lining up Prescott for Barnsley.
It comes after Prescott failed in his latest bid to be an MP two months ago, when he was not included on the shortlist for the key battleground seat of Mansfield, despite winning the unofficial support of some in the party leadership, several trade unions and two local branches.