He told the Yorkshire Post: “What we’ve seen is a disgraced Tory MP who has been completely absent for over a year, not fighting for his constituents. Wakefield deserves so much better than that.
“The sooner we have a Labour MP there, fiercely defending and representing his or her constituents, the better.”
One candidate Sir Keir could consider putting up for nomination is Mr Hemingway, who said he was “disappointed” at not being listed by the party.
He tweeted: “As one of the established local candidates in the constituency, I’m naturally disappointed not to make the longlist for the Wakefield parliamentary seat determined by the Labour National Executive Committee.”