So much for my hopes!

After Gerald Kaufman passed away, This Writer expressed the wish that the inevitable by-election his death triggered would be an opportunity “for Labour to pull itself together, for the party’s unfaithful MPs to get back in line and put the Tories – and all the other right-wing loonies – firmly in their place”.

Wishful thinking.

Instead, it seems the New Labour dinosaurs have already hijacked the selection process.

I can only hope the rumours aren’t true and that they are not really planning to install David Miliband as the candidate.

That would be a worse mistake than UKIP putting up Paul Nuttall in Stoke-on-Trent Central.

The sad death of ‘Father of the House’, Labour MP Gerald Kaufman has triggered yet another by-election. The previous two by-elections, in Stoke Central and Copeland, were the subject of sabotage attempts by Labour relics and even a current MP, as the party’s right attempted to manufacture twin defeats in order to bring down Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn.

Mr Kaufman died after a months-long illness and is likely to have known the prognosis. As the BBC reported in July last year, he was widely expected to step down in any case – and the Labour party suspended his CLP (constituency Labour party).

It’s not clear whether Labour’s national or regional HQ knew at this point about the likely outcome of Mr Kaufman’s illness, but even the BBC recognised at the time that the issue of his successor was at the heart of the issue.

Now it’s looking like the right wing of the party was playing the same unprincipled trick that they did with Wallasey and Brighton and Hove – confecting spurious allegations to ensure that local members were deprived of a say on the MP who represents them.

Labour’s north-west HQ will have full control of the selection of Kaufman’s successor.

And it looks like arch-blairite David Miliband will be the beneficiary.

Source: #Labour HQ seizes control of post-#Kaufman selection – to lever in #DMiliband | The SKWAWKBOX

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