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Hundreds of thousands of people have joined the Labour Party – and millions more supported it in elections – because of the promise of improved democratic representation.

Corbynism promised that party members would have a much louder voice – and that they would be able to influence decision-making like the selection of election candidates.

So what’s all this? Why are we being told the candidate for Lewisham East (replacing anti-Corbynite Heidi Alexander) will be selected by national party bigwigs rather than the Constituency Labour Party?

There are arguments to support the move, of course. But it has opened Mr Corbyn up to criticism from Blairites and right-wingers who have been quick to point out that the Left complained bitterly about people from their side of the party being “parachuted” into safe seats.

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Labour bosses have been accused of a “stitch up” and of trampling over party democracy by rushing through the selection of a candidate for the Lewisham East by-election.

Ian McKenzie, the party’s constituency chair, has written to local members urging them to petition Labour’s national ruling body for a say in who their candidate should be.

It is understood a shortlist will be chosen at national party level rather than by Lewisham East members.

Source: Anger at Labour ‘stitch-up’ over Lewisham East candidate selection

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