A rumour has reached the ears of my good self that the Labour Party HQ intend to select Arthur Spring Jnr as the Labour candidate for the next GE without going through a selection convention. Is this allowed for in Labour Party rules? I realise that election committees in most party's have the power to 'add on' a candidate to those selected at convention. I know of course that FF did this for the locals with broadly disastrous results. But for a GE in a constituency where Labour have a number local Cllrs and a branch network I would have thought a formal selection convention, even if it is unlikely to be a contest, would at least act as a promotional opportunity for the party and canddiate.