Ricky Tomlinson, a long time supporter of the Socialist Labour Party, has decided to get off his arse and stand against her. He's accused Labour of overlooking local working class politicians in favour of candidates approved by central office. He said:
"I just can't understand why they have picked someone from London. It just does not make sense to me."
Not knowing who Bill Shankly is or who wrote Ferry Across the Mersey may seem like small fry. But it does hint that a knowledge of what the people of Liverpool Wavertree may need assistance with from their MP might also be lacking. Some people will be accusing Ricky of splitting the vote but he defends his stance saying:
"People say ... you could be letting the Tories in. But there is no difference between the Conservatives and new Labour."
He's not alone in being against Berger's selection union officials also protested the selection process.