Labour has settled on two potential Islington North candidates to take on Jeremy Corbyn at the General Election.

A shortlist of two candidates has been decided to stand for Labour in the Islington North seat, after the party's National Executive Committee (NEC) decided to bar current MP Jeremy Corbyn from standing for Labour again.

There were originally seven candidates in the running to replace the MP when applications closed earlier this week, but the list has now been whittled down to Sem Moema, a member of the London Assembly, and Praful Nargund, an Islington councillor.

Former BBC Newsnight journalist Paul Mason was the earliest to publicly declare his desire to run, but he announced he did not make the cut.

Transport writer Christian Wolmar had also publicly shared his desire to run.

The winner of the selection process will be decided on June 1.

Others who entered the race include Enfield councillor Margaret Greer, economist Shreya Nanda and businessman Harry Spencer.

The Islington Gazette understands that Corbyn, who has served as Islington North’s MP for more than 40 years, will be standing against Labour as an independent.

He is expected to make his announcement at some point this afternoon.

While the MP is yet to officially speak on the decision, he previously said: “I am proud to represent Islington North in Parliament.

“I have spent the past 40 years campaigning alongside my community for a mass redistribution of wealth, ownership and power. That is what I’ll continue to do.”