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While true Labour MPs like Ian Byrne struggle for reselection, why does this ex-Tory get a free pass?

Christian Wakeford: this Tory defector to the Labour Party gets to skip the process of selection to stand as a Labour representative in the next general election, while people who have been Labour members all their lives are being pushed out by a hostile right-wing leadership.

The Labour Parliamentary selection process has plumbed a new depth of bias.

This Site has already reported the way the right-wing (dare I say far – for the Labour Party – right-wing?) Labour leadership is trying to squeeze left-wing candidates including MP of the Year Ian Byrne out of being selected to stand at the next UK general election.

Now we learn that Christian Wakeford, the former Conservative MP who crossed the floor to the Labour benches, has been allowed to skip the selection process entirely.

That’s right – a former Tory is being allowed to avoid the judgement of Labour members and voters in his constituency so he can stand for election again, whether the local party wants him or not.

Here’s Damo – and be warned, his language is spicy:

@kernowdamo Tory defector gets a pass. #DamoRants#rants#politicaltiktok#politiktiktok#politics#ukpolitics#britishpolitics#labour#tories#keirstarmer#socialists#fyp ♬ original sound – Damo

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Demonstration on Saturday to Demand a General Election | Beastrabban\’s Weblog

The masses on the march: will the demo demanding a general election have the support of this one (the People’s Vote march from 2018?

Posted for information:

I got this reminder the other day from the Arise Festival of left Labour ideas that there’s a demonstration organised in London demanding a general election. I can’t go, but I’m putting it up for those who may be able to.

Saturday, 5 November, 12.00, Embankment Place, London, WC2N 6, United Kingdom.

The People’s Assembly is asking for your continued support to help us take our simple message onto the streets – General Election Now! Let’s say No to another unelected Tory PM.

Full details & spread the word here – Labour bloc details here.

Source: Demonstration on Saturday to Demand a General Election | Beastrabban\’s Weblog#

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Has ‘factional intrigue’ blocked this former Labour MP from standing to represent her community?

Emma Dent Coad, the former Labour MP for Kensington.

Former Kensington and Chelsea MP Emma Dent Coad has been blocked from standing to represent the constituency again. According to her, this is due to “factional intrigue” in the Labour Party.

In a statement, the former MP has said trade union backing should have seen her longlisted in the selection process, but the candidate selection process is now being factionally abused and is not fit for purpose.

This Writer recalls her outspokenness on behalf of the people of Kensington after the inferno that rendered Grenfell Tower uninhabitable – a fire that was entirely preventable, caused by the installation of entirely unsuitable cladding.

Here’s her statement:

“I am devastated that the Labour Party has blocked me from standing to once again represent my community in Parliament, the community I have spent the last 20 years of my life fighting for. At the same time, I am angry that local members and our local community in Kensington have been denied the opportunity to vote in a free and fair contest, which has been sacrificed for the sake of factional intrigue.

“This campaign has never been about me. I stood to offer dedicated representation for the people of Kensington in Parliament, from someone who knows and cares for our communities. From my role as local councillor and Labour Group leader, to my campaigning efforts as Kensington’s MP on housing issues so dear to our hearts, I have only ever sought the chance to champion our people, whose voices all too often go unheard.

“If I have been outspoken in my politics, it is due to my passion and care for Kensington – for my neighbours and friends – and because of my burning desire to stamp out injustice and build a fairer, more equal society. Upsettingly, unaccountable Labour officials have exploited this outspokenness to unjustly prevent me from standing for the seat I won just five years ago, the seat I came agonisingly close to holding even in 2019, despite the trade union backing which should have seen me longlisted automatically. It is plan as day that the candidate selection process now being run by the Party is being factionally abused and is not fit for purpose.

“I deplore injustice, and through my 16 years on the Council, various reports and my recent book, ‘One Kensington’, I have done my utmost not only to draw attention to the very real inequalities in our community but to actively fight it, from the council chamber to the House of Commons. Above all, my driving ambition has been to combat the inequality which scars our community, the systematic disregard for working-class people which led to the atrocity of the Grenfell Tower fire, and which has led many to lose faith with the political process.

“These people deserve and need representation in Parliament. I hope that Labour’s eventual candidate will gain the respect and trust of all communities in Kensington. It won’t be easy.”

The Guardian reports that the former MP, who was a member of the Socialist Campaign Group, the Corbyn-loyal wing of the parliamentary Labour party, was the target of a number of stories in the tabloids during her time as an MP:

They included a string of stories on the London mayoral candidate Shaun Bailey whom she had called a “token ghetto boy” and “scumbag”.

Labour sources said Dent Coad had been served with a “due diligence” dossier and met with officials on Friday evening. As well as some of the tabloid news stories about Dent Coad’s criticism of Conservatives and the royal family, officials expressed concern that Dent Coad had spoken at Stop the War Coalition demonstrations, though the group has not been officially proscribed.

So: hearsay and activity that is not prohibited. That’s not a good look for Labour officials.

A Labour source said that selection procedures were stringent and involved high levels of due diligence. “It’s right that the Labour party expects prospective MPs to uphold the highest standards. Under Keir’s leadership that’s not going to change,” the source said.

The report goes on to state that the exclusion is one of a number where leftwingers have been excluded from a list of candidates:

Maurice McLeod, a Labour councillor and longstanding anti-racism campaigner, said he had been disallowed from contesting the Camberwell and Peckham seat.

In Sedgefield, the seat of former prime minister Tony Blair that Labour lost to the Tories in 2019, 13 constituency officials resigned in protest after the CLP chair was blocked from standing after making a series of critical social media comments about Starmer. The candidate, Paul Daly, has resigned from the party.

Earlier this week, Sam Tarry, the MP for Ilford South, was deselected by his local party in favour of the Redbridge council leader, Jas Athwal, in the culmination of a long-running local dispute.

It seems the frontrunner to be Labour’s candidate for the seat at the next general election is Mete Coban, a youth campaigner from Hackney who founded the My Life My Say campaign.

Source: Labour blocks ex-Kensington MP Emma Dent Coad from running at next election | Labour | The Guardian

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Video shorts: Charles Walker says the Tories cannot win the next election

It’s a few days old but nothing has changed – even amid the Conservative Party conference.

Tory Charles Walker reckons his party cannot win the next general election, even if it’s in two years’ time.

He says the best the Tories can do now is try to leave the UK in a better financial situation than it is now.

What he doesn’t say is that this will probably involve a huge amount of hardship for millions of – poor – people and that many of us may not survive. Look at what his party has deliberately inflicted on people with long-term illnesses and disabilities.

Here’s the clip; draw your own conclusions:

Oh – and polling expert Sir John Curtice seems to agree:

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Half a million people call for an early general election

Almost six times as many people as voted Liz Truss into 10 Downing Street are demanding an early general election in the hope of having her ejected.

Parliament will have to debate the petition because it has topped 100,000 signatories – and this may create a problem for Truss, who does not have the full support of her party in Parliament (especially after the godawful stink she has made in just four weeks).

The call for an election has been echoed by former Culture Secretary Nadine Dorries.

She tweeted that there was ‘widespread dismay’ at the prime minister – and we can conclude that she meant among her fellow Conservative MPs.

The government responded to the petition on September 20, saying nothing would change: “A change in the leader of the governing party does not trigger a general election – this has been the case under governments of successive political colours.”

But that isn’t the issue now.

The issue now is that the UK’s current – unelected – leadership has crashed the economy and cannot accept its role in having done so, and millions of people think it is time for a new administration.

Source: 500,000 people sign petition calling for early general election

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Are Tory MPs thinking of triggering a GENERAL ELECTION, just to get rid of Truss?

It’s being reported that Liz Truss is threatening to strip Conservative MPs of the party whip if they don’t vote to support her insane economy-breaking mini-budget bid to cut taxes for the people who least need the money.

And how are they taking it?

Not well, it seems:

Here’s one possible reason the members of the Conservative AND UNIONIST Party might think an election – that Truss would lose – is in their own best interests:

So it might be wiser to trigger a general election before Truss can really screw up the nation and end Tory political dominance for all time, and before she manages to destroy the union of England (which the Tories currently dominate) with Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland (which they don’t).

That is the thinking, it seems.

In an otherwise entirely-joyless autumn and winter, it will be fun seeing how this narrative turns out.

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Labour has almost the largest poll lead over the Tories in British political history

What a shame this could not have happened when Jeremy Corbyn was leader of the Labour Party. We might have ended up with a nation worth living in.

Here’s the gist:

So there you have it. Starmer’s Labour has a 33-point lead over Liz Truss and her hollowed-out Conservatives.

According to the poll, if there was a general election now, Labour would have 565 MPs and the Conservatives would have just three.

Evolve Politics has slightly different figures but they’re still horrifying for the Tories:

Liz Truss is already being touted as the person who could wipe out the Conservatives:

Of course she didn’t do it alone. I mention this merely to get a bit of mockery into the article – and this is too good not to keep for posterity:

But a Labour landslide would not be a necessarily good thing – especially under Keir Starmer’s leadership.

Economist Richard Murphy sets out the case for proportional representation here:

Remember this fact, also:

Still, there’s a groundswell of support for an immediate general election:

What do you think? Would you like an election?

Oh, and the Tories really have cancelled live band karaoke at their conference:

How will Therese Coffey get her kicks now?

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Cost of living: nurses to vote on strike action over pay – and is a GENERAL STRIKE coming? [VIDEOS]

Derisory: last year, nurses were set to receive a pay rise of just one per cent (which would have been a pay cut, once inflation was taken into account). It was raised to three per cent after the Tory government was shamed by the Labour Party. This year, the Tories are once again trying to make nurses take an effective pay cut. You can see why they’re preparing to strike.

Nurses are the latest group to threaten strike action in the Summer of Discontent over low pay and the high cost of living created by Tory government policies.

The Royal College of Nursing wants a pay award of five per cent above inflation, meaning 16.8 per cent – instead of a punitive settlement announced by the Tories that would leave experienced nurses more than £1,000 worse-off.

No wonder half the 700,000 qualified nurses in the UK won’t work in the NHS, no matter how much hot air government officials blow out about how “valued” they are!

If the ballot, starting on September 15, is successful, nurses will join bus drivers, Tube drivers and railway workers who are already striking for acceptable levels of pay in what has been dubbed the “Summer of Discontent”.

But could a General Strike be called by the Trades Union Congress? Here’s RMT Union General Secretary Mick Lynch, giving his opinion on the BBC’s Newsnight, in the face of (in This Writer’s opinion) unreasonable criticism from Kirsty Wark:

What would you do, given the choice?

Would you soldier on, knowing that the pay you are given will not cover the bills you have to pay?

Or would you join a strike to demand better?

And what if the government – and the rich, who are well-insulated against the loss of income caused by a strike, and know that you aren’t – just starve you out?

The UK could have been very different. What a shame a few voters, in their selfishness and gullibility, ruined it for us all.

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Scheming Boris Johnson could call early general election to foil ‘no confidence’ vote in him

Boris Johnson: in his mind, he is more important than the good of the UK, the Conservative Party, or anything else. He would take us all down just to keep power for himself.

Boris Johnson may be planning to call a general election in early 2023, to stave off attempts to depose him by fellow Conservative MPs, it seems.

The Mail is reporting that 46 letters calling for a vote of ‘no confidence’ in Johnson’s leadership have been sent to Sir Graham Brady, chairman of the backbench Conservative 1922 Committee – just eight short of the total needed for a vote.

The paper is saying party whips think it is inevitable that he will face a vote that could remove him from the Tory Party leadership – and end his term as prime minister.

But it is saying the final letters needed may only arrive if the Conservatives lose a by-election in Wakefield in June.

This Writer reckons it could come in the beginning of May, if the Tories lose hundreds of council seats (as expected) and if Johnson receives more fines for having attended lockdown-busting Downing Street parties.

The revelation makes it clear that Johnson is not interested any desire by the public for the government to “get on and focus on the issues on which we were elected”; his only concern is that he must retain power for himself.

If an early election is called, it will be because Johnson thinks his opponents will have to back off; there would not be enough time for a new leader to become established before voters went to the polls.

But it means the UK would not have the time to recover from the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic – or to forget Johnson’s disastrous mishandling of it.

Nor would Rishi Sunak be able to woo voters with the one per cent income tax cut he is promising in 2024.

Without these incentives to vote Tory, and with the party likely to be reeling from the loss of hundreds of councillors – and possibly Wakefield – along with the ongoing fallout from Partygate, a Conservative victory would seem unlikely.

But it also seems clear that Boris Johnson would happily wager the future of his party against his own career. That’s the kind of man he is.

Source: Boris Johnson ‘plots early general election to see off leadership rivals’ as Partygate trundles on | Daily Mail Online

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If police say Johnson attended #DowningStreetParties he must quit, says government’s former top lawyer

Boris Johnson: “Drunk? At a party? Me? How would anybody know the difference?”

Should we be grateful to former Tory attorney-general Jeremy Wright for reminding us that, if Boris Johnson is found to have attended or known about rule-breaking No 10 parties, he’ll have to resign?

This Writer reckons so; it’s important to keep the facts in mind because otherwise, one of Johnson’s cronies will slither in and pretend they’re different – which is what they’re trying to do.

Mr Wright’s reminder is that Johnson will have no escape route, because he will have misled Parliament when he said no rules were broken.

Meanwhile, here comes Johnson’s personal lawyer to claim – desperately – that – even if he attended gatherings found to be illegal parties – he broke no rules if he went back to work immediately afterwards and did not drink excessively.

The biggest problem with this argument is that it is clearly nonsense. If he drank anything at all, or came into contact with anyone at all in a social setting, then he broke the rules.

Mr Wright’s test of culpability is much simpler – and therefore, far more believable. In a letter to his own constituents, he states:

“If the prime minister has attended events he knew broke the rules, or was aware of events he knew broke the rules, he should not have advised the House of Commons, on several occasions, that as far as he was aware, no rules were broken there.

“Doing so in those circumstances would be misleading the House and must in my view lead to his resignation or removal from office.”

That’s good to know, at a time when Johnson is expected to receive a fixed-penalty notice from the Metropolitan Police – for attending rule-breaking parties at 10 Downing Street.

Source: Ex-Tory attorney-general says Boris Johnson must quit if he knew about No 10 parties

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