HHH POLITICS Elections Tooting
07 May 2016 - 22:05
By Alan Jones and David Hughes, Press Association
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Labour's national executive will draw up a short list of candidates next week to fight a by-election in the seat held by the new mayor of London, the Press Association understands.
The NEC will meet on Wednesday following the resignation of Sadiq Khan, who beat his Tory rival Zac Goldsmith to succeed Boris Johnson in last week's mayoral poll.
The Press Association understands that Martin Smith, a national officer with the GMB, is seeking nomination.
The newly elected mayor said he will step down as MP for the south London seat to concentrate on his duties in City Hall.
Mr Khan has been MP for Tooting since 2005 and held the seat with a majority of under 3,000 in 2015.