SOUTH Tyneside Council leader Coun Iain Malcolm is already being mentioned as a possible contender for David Miliband’s South Shields seat.
He may feel the time is right to leave town hall politics and step up to the national stage.
Mr Miliband’s decision to stand down to take up a job with the charity International Rescue in New York will spark a May by-election.
He retained the seat for a third stint as MP at the 2010 election, with a majority of 11,109.
But much of his time since he was beaten to the Labour leadership by brother Ed has been spent on non-Parliamentary and non-constituency business.
He has long faced criticism in South Tyneside for the fact he was ‘parachuted in’ to the safe Labour seat in 2001, when he succeeded Dr David Clark as the town’s MP.
As a councillor since 1988, Coun Malcolm would face no such criticism.