Cllr Sam Stopp announced a week or so ago that he was seeking the Labour nomination for Richmond on a pro-Heathrow, pro-growth, pro-jobs ticket.
More recently he announced that he had been long-listed for the nomination. Today his Labour councillor colleague Cllr Neil Nerva posted the above tweet on Facebook. It says:
@Cllr StoppI can't see that tweet on Stopp's timeline now LINK but that is not surprising. Stopp has deleted nearly all of his tweets many of which backed Owen Smith in the Labour leadership election and criticised Jeremy Corbyn. One tweet stated he was ashamed that Brent Central CLP had backed Corbyn and another accused Labour colleagues of refusing to allow him into a meeting about the Labour leadership.
I would've stood as a pro-Heathrow candidate for #RichmondPark NEC wants anti-Heathrow candidate, which makes me wonder why we're standing.
Stopp's twitter account now shows just 28 tweets akthough there are 1,970 'likes':
All rather strange. It is not clear whether this marks the end of his Richmond Park bid or whether he is still in the race.
For the record this is what Stopp said previously about the Richmond Park by-election: