Jim Pickard Chris Leslie is Labour candidate for Nottingham East

I’ve just been told that Chris Leslie has been selected for Nottingham East. The decision is good news for Ed Balls, education secretary, who backed Leslie in the selection process – but it may be seen as another “parachuting” by the party leadership into a constituency. I reported here a week ago about the row while Peter Kenyon of Labour’s NEC has all the details of the controversy.