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Another #Labour representative is stabbed in the back. #KeirStarmer is destroying #DEMOCRACY

Beth Winter: backstabbed by her own party for being left-wing.

Beth Winter is the latest Labour MP to be targeted for removal by Keir Starmer’s cronies, who appear to have rigged the selection process for Merthyr Tydfil and Upper Cynon.

This is an offence against democracy, of course. Under Starmer, Labour has turned its back on what the people want and is focusing on changing its own systems to make sure he gets what he wants instead.

The implication for the whole of the UK, if this dictator is ever allowed to get the keys to 10 Downing Street, is horrifying.

Looking at the way he mistreats his own party members, it is unreasonable to believe Starmer will change his behaviour once he is given a chance to attack wider democracy across the country.

Let’s have the facts from that great left-wing commentator, Cornish Damo:

Here’s Ms Winter, with a very diplomatic interpretation of what happened:

She does have supporters in the Parliamentary Labour Party:

But John McDonnell, like the rest of the Socialist Campaign Group within Starmer’s Labour, needs to recognise that his days in that party are numbered. Some of us have been saying for months and years that they all need to quit the party before they are forced out by a pack of lies. We cannot understand why these politicians – who should be more canny than they appear – have not taken this advice. Are they waiting for the right moment?

Elsewhere, the Starmerite attack on North of Tyne Mayor Jamie Driscoll continues at full speed:

There is no way to win against the machinations of the Starmerites. Look:

And that is true of the UK as a whole, not just Labour. He’ll do to you what he’s doing to his party.

At least we can all see it for what it is:

One aspect of Labour membership that is well-established is that anybody showing support for other parties or their representatives is a traitor and should be removed. It used to be restricted to voting for them (which makes sense; no party wants a traitor – and possibly a spy – in its midst) but has been expanded to include voicing approval of comments or policies by representatives of other parties.

So when I see this:

… I wonder how Clive Lewis has managed to get away with working with Caroline Lucas, and when the Starmerite axe will fall on him. He sails very close to the wind as it is.

Sadly, the huge propaganda campaign promoting Starmer as the Great White Hope of the UK after 13 years of Tory misrule is proceeding to brainwash the population at a rate of knots, supported as it is by the mass media.

The assumption appears to be that the upset caused to party members by the undemocratic removal of the party’s left wing, transforming it into an agency of factional minority interest rather than the “broad church” it still claims to be, won’t be noticed. Is this true?

This Writer’s advice is: if you are as deeply concerned for the future of democracy under a Keir Starmer government as you should be, get out and (quietly) tell everybody you know.

Braverman wins selection vote for new Parliament seat. Is it a mistake?

Suella Braverman: was her selection to stand for the Tories in the new Fareham and Waterlooville constituency a wise choice?

Was it always going to be a shoo-in?

With her current constituency due to be dissolved at the next general election, Suella Braverman has won the Conservative Party’s selection vote to be its candidate in the new constituency.

Some may argue that this is because, as Home Secretary, she is far more recognisable to the public than the other contender whose seat is also disappearing, Flick Drummond.

Braverman’s Fareham seat will go, as will Drummond’s for Meon Valley, to be replaced by one for Fareham and Waterlooville.

But here’s the big question: Braverman has blotted her copy book badly with behaviour that many would consider to be racist – towards asylum-seekers who have cross the English Channel in small boats seeking a better life in the UK, and towards people of foreign descent who she has accused of responsibility for child sex offences – so is she really a good choice?

Drummond may still seek selection in other constituencies, although she has said she won’t be going far from her Meon Valley home.

If she does win another chance to represent her party, it will be interesting to see whether either or both of them are returned to Westminster.

And if it’s one or the other… which one?


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What it means: Starmer tells 19 councillors they can no longer be Labour candidates

Keir Starmer: pointing the finger.

Keir Starmer has added racist undertones to his purge of Labour election candidates.

Consider:

Here’s the news story:

It states: “The choice of who can and cannot stand in May’s election was taken out of the hands of local party members after national Labour figures decided to take control. They announced the decision to overrule any local decision making in February, saying “power struggles and organisational issues” could damage Labour candidates’ prospects in both the local council and city mayoral elections.

“That decision was widely condemned by local members at the time as undemocratic. The national party has now made its decision – and 19 Labour councillors, some of whom have served their wards for decades, will be deselected and not be able to stand for Labour.

Here’s the point:

Starmer did indeed make such a promise. But his promises mean nothing – look at the shattered “10 pledges” he made when campaigning to become party leader. They have all been broken.

The Jacobin website explains the Labour leadership’s current policy:

“The party bureaucracy has embarked on a concerted operation to purge left-wingers from selection races. Popular local candidates are being bureaucratically blocked by right-wing NEC (National Executive Committee) members working hand in glove with fixers in Starmer’s top team. Their aim is to stop anyone to the left of center getting onto the shortlists put in front of members for the vote on who will be Labour’s Parliamentary candidate for that constituency.

“Their modus operandi is simple, and it involves breaking Labour’s own rule, agreed by Starmer’s NEC, that trade union-backed candidates would be automatically long-listed. Yet every left-winger blocked has enjoyed trade union backing, often from Unite and the Communication Workers Union  (CWU). In the case of Lauren Townsend, who stood for Milton Keynes North, she was backed by six affiliated unions including Unite and Unison. Consequently, Starmer’s fixers have had to come up with a workaround: “due diligence.”

“A “dossier” is compiled of “concerning evidence” that has supposedly “come to light” in the course of routine “due diligence” checks on social media. There are some truly laughable examples of what this evidence consists of, such as liking a tweet by Caroline Lucas or one from Nicola Sturgeon about testing negative for COVID. Equally, there are some disturbing examples of “evidence” used as grounds for blocking, including simply having mentioned Palestinian refugees— a blatant act of anti-Palestinian racism — and liking a tweet calling on Labour to be bolder in its economic policy, as well as one candidate being cited for a general “history of protest.” It’s a democratic scandal.

“The Labour leadership’s half-hearted claim that this is about “quality control” is easily debunked. For example, the leadership’s preferred candidate for Milton Keynes North did the exact same thing as Lauren Townsend yet proceeded to the shortlist without issue. In Barking, Labour Right NEC members first ignored, then swept under the carpet, evidence of Blue Labour figure Darren Rodwell engaging in what has been termed racist jokes. He was subsequently selected, with leading black British media outlet the Voice sounding the alarm on a “crisis of anti-black racism” within the party.

“More to the point, the leadership has been clear about what it’s up to, briefing the press that it’s pursuing what it calls the “heir and the spare” strategy, whereby left-wingers are blocked, a Starmer-backed candidate goes through, and their only competition is someone else the leadership also favors. In some cases, none of the candidates on the shortlist are local. And where leadership doesn’t get the shortlist it wants, it simply dissolves the local selection committee, as in Kensington & Camberwell Peckham this week.”

In increasing numbers of cases, the selection committees are now resigning – as are constituency party executives.

That isn’t all, though: now Starmer has resorted to telling party members what films to watch:

Add it all up and what you’ve got may add up to this:


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How can this candidate win where Labour blocked Greg Marshall from standing?

Juliet Campbell: she was another local choice to be Broxtowe’s candidate in the next general election and her selection appears to be a deliberate snub against the Labour leadership’s attempt to influence the vote.

Broxtowe Constituency Labour Party appears to be considerably smaller than it used to be after people ripped up their membership cards in disgust at being barred from choosing Greg Marshall as their candidate in the next general election.

Mr Marshall has stood as the constituency’s Labour candidate twice before – in 2017 and 2019 – and while he did not win on either occasion, he did manage to increase Labour’s vote share by 10 per cent between the former and the latter.

But it seems a panel of the party’s National Executive Committee blocked him from the party’s long-list for selection this time.

In a statement last month, he said: “It is with huge disappointment that yesterday I was blocked by the Labour Party from standing to represent Broxtowe at the next general election. To add insult to this decision, I wasn’t even informed directly by the party but instead had to wait to be told by the [constituency Labour party] members on the selection committee.”

Despite the Labour leadership’s decision to remove him by remote control – or possibly because of it – this was the reception he received when he arrived at the party’s selection meeting:

Broxtowe Labour subsequently tweeted its regret that many torn-up membership cards were left around the venue, although that tweet has now been deleted.

The winning candidate was Juliet Campbell – another local choice whose victory is considered a backlash against the imposition of puppet candidates by Keir Starmer:

Of course, the fact that there was any interference at all is in contradiction of a promise by Keir Starmer:

On February 4, 2020, he had tweeted: “The selections for Labour candidates needs [sic] to be more democratic and we should end NEC impositions of candidates. Local Party members should select their candidates for every election.”

And what of Mr Marshall?

Well, here’s an idea:

How about it? Or is he, like Jeremy Corbyn, still living in hope that the hollowed-out husk of Labour can still be turned back into the party that Keir Hardie first led into Parliament?


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Jared O’Mara: RIGHT-wing Labour’s candidate who went off the rails?

Jared O’Mara (centre): he was allegedly selected by right-wing Labour factionalists who didn’t check his credentials properly.

The former MP who replaced Nick Clegg as MP for Sheffield Hallam has been in the news again after being jailed for faking invoices to Parliament to fund a cocaine habit.

But did you know that Jared O’Mara may have only become a candidate because a right-wing Labour general secretary didn’t bother to check up on him before he was selected to run for the seat?

The details are going to be on Sunday’s Not The Andrew Marr Show, which you can register to watch here: https://buytickets.at/labourgrassroots/853159

The show’s presenter, Crispin Flintoff provided a preview of the situation on Facebook:

“Labour’s General Secretary in 2017, Iain McNicol, was responsible for the selection of Jared O’Mara. He decided that candidates shouldn’t be scrutinised in ‘unwinnable’ seats and Jared was selected because the Blairite-dominated panel thought O’Mara wasn’t a Jeremy Corbyn supporter.

“Such was their factionalism that when Jared declared himself a Jeremy Corbyn supporter, they withdrew funds for his campaign. But he still won.

“I’ve got the inside story of this on Sunday morning’s ‘Not the Andrew Marr Show’. It includes insights from Martin Mayer (formerly on the NEC), Tina Werkmann and Lee Rock (both of Sheffield Hallam Labour Party at the time) and Tosh McDonald (former Aslef official who showed Jared support).

“I hope that people can watch this and see that Streeting is ridiculously factional and economical with the truth (just as he is with the NHS).”

It seems this is another situation in which right-wing Labour sabotaged its own party – first by assuming Sheffield Hallam couldn’t be won and allow an inappropriate candidate to stand there, and then by disowning him and stressing his association with Jeremy Corbyn to bring the then-Labour leader into disrepute.

And these people are now in charge of Labour once again.

But I don’t have all the information – I have to wait until Sunday, just the same as you.

Let’s see how the facts stack up.


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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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Labour is purging left-wingers from Parliamentary selection lists. Here’s how

Set adrift: how many potentially excellent Labour candidates have been rejected by Keir Starmer’s skewed Parliamentary selection procedure, that seems to contradict democracy and party rules to exclude left-wingers?

Labour Hub has reproduced an important twitter thread by Angus Satow on Keir Starmer’s purge and the implications for Britain’s democracy.

I reproduce it in full below, in view of its importance:

Keir Starmer accused of ‘purging’ Labour Left as Corbynite candidates blocked from standing to be MP

Leader criticised for promoting ‘disunity’ in party, but allies say he is ensuring a high standard

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/politics/2022/11/05/keir-starmer-accused-purging-labour-left-corbynite-candidates/

Labour is in the process of selecting its Prospective Parliamentary Candidates for the next General Election, with the NEC signing off batches of seats.

Per Michael Crick’s useful blog, only ONE out of the first FORTY can be classified as left-wing. Why?

In brief, every Left candidate likely to win is being blocked before the race even starts. So far:

– Doina Cornell in Stroud
– @cllr_maya in Hastings
– @LisaForbes_ in Peterborough
– @mowords in Camberwell & Peckham
– @LaurenJTownsend in MK North
– @emmadentcoad in Kensington
and more

How can they do this?

Well, according to Labour’s own rules – they can’t. But….

There are three stages to selections: longlisting, shortlisting and the selection.

Longlisting: NEC Majority, with trade union input
Shortlisting: Local Party and trade union representatives
Selection: Labour members

The Leader of the Opposition’s Office and the Labour machine – working in tandem – are intervening at the longlisting stage, where they have control.

This is when they’re blocking candidates from even being considered or voted on by members – even council leaders, senior council figures and ex-MPs!

The Labour Party leadership are clear about this – they are ensuring that loyalists are selected, figures from the Labour right who will never cause any problems.

They’re stitching it up.

The strategy for this was brazenly revealed to @siennamarla just before Conference: the Heir and the Spare.

They block all left-wingers from the start, and ensure any candidate offered to members is ‘friendly’.

This is no democratic choice at all.

But they face a problem:

Under a rule agreed by Starmer’s NEC, trade union-backed candidates are *automatically longlisted*.

Every left-winger blocked has enjoyed trade union backing, often from Unite and the CWU.

In @LaurenJTownsend‘s case from six unions inc Unite AND Unison.

So they come up with a workaround: ‘due diligence’.

A ‘dossier’ is compiled of ‘concerning evidence’ which has ‘come to light in the course of routine due diligence’ checks on social media.

There are some truly laughable examples of what this evidence consists of.

– Once having liked a Caroline Lucas tweet
– Liking a tweet by Nicola Sturgeon about testing negative for Covid

Equally, there are some truly disturbing examples of ‘evidence’ which is grounds for blocking:

– having mentioned Palestinian refugees (a blatant act of anti-Palestinian racism)
– Liking a tweet calling on Labour to be bolder in its economic policy
– a ‘history of protest’

It’s not hard to disprove the Leadership’s half-baked claim that this is about ‘quality control’.

For example, here’s the Leadership’s ‘heir’ for Milton Keynes North doing the exact same thing as Lauren Townsend.

In Barking, Labour Right NEC members first ignored, then swept under the carpet evidence of Blue Labour figure Darren Rodwell engaging in what have been termed racist jokes.

He was let off and won the selection. ‘Quality control’ ?

Labour councillor who said he had “worst tan for a Black man” cleared of wrongdoing

Exclusive: Labour councillor Darren Rodwell sparked outrage with his comments at Black History Month event and had been subject of an investigationhttps://

www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/darren-rodwell-racism-labour-barking-b2207861.html

Upon receiving the dossier, the candidate is then invited to a meeting at one day’s notice, with the outcome all but certain: blocking.

These amount to nothing less than show trials.

The next day, the candidate receives a perfunctory email, saying only that the panel considered their representations, and they rejected them.

No rules are cited, no judgement given. No due process.

You might wonder – will the trade unions tolerate this blatant abuse of process, blocking their candidates?

The answer is no – earlier this year, trade unions agreed with the NEC a clarification of ‘due diligence’ that it could only be used for things such as serious financial wrongdoing.

But this agreement has been ignored, time and again.

Candidates backed by unions across the board – from USDAW to Unite, UNISON to the CWU – have been blocked on spurious grounds.

Nor is it only left-wingers being blocked.

From Bella Sankey in Hastings to Jack Hemingway in Wakefield, even soft left figures are being blocked.

As Momentum put it, anyone to the left of Tony Blair faces attack.

Starmer allies reject claims leftwingers blocked from standing for Labour

Party figures understood to have urged leader to rein in acolytes after candidates from left excluded from longlists

https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2022/jul/01/starmer-allies-reject-claims-leftwingers-blocked-from-standing-for-labour

All this is the polar opposite of what Starmer promised in 2020.

The media shouldn’t have any hesitation in saying this: Starmer lied to get elected.

He did so because this strategy is wholly out of touch with the mood in the Party and the country.

Instead, as reported by @patrickkmaguire, it is a tight coterie of Starmer staffers on the hard-right of the Party leading this purge.

Their desire to reshape the PLP with Starmerite automatons trumps all else, from trade unions to local parties.

Starmer’s quiet purge of his would-be MPs

6am, May Day, 1997. New dawn has broken, has it not, over the Royal Festival Hall. Tony Blair, having won a parliamentary majority that might make Kim Il-su

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/starmers-quiet-purge-of-his-would-be-mps-cwnm8xspf

It’s out of step with the country, because people want their MPs to be local, but from Wakefield to Stroud, the Leadership are happy to exclude popular local champions in favour of loyalist parachutes.

Back to the bad old days.

And polling also shows that from a higher minimum wage to public ownership, people want left-wing economic policies!

But whether it’s deselecting Socialist Campaign Group members or blocking left-wingers, Starmer is intent on wiping these ideas out of the public sphere.

But there are more damaging effects still. As @MichaelLCrick reports, very few candidates are working-class.

Instead, they are from the professional political classes.

In Milton Keynes North, Lauren Townsend, a trade unionist who came to the labour movement by organising her workplace as a waitress, was blocked.

The Leadership’s supposed heir is a pollster.

This is the Starmerite counterrevolution to put working-class interests back in a box.

It gets worse.

In Camberwell & Peckham, @mowords, a prominent anti-racist activist and working-class black man, was blocked. No black man has been elected as a Labour MP since 2011

Meanwhile, Rodwell was let through, despite his ‘black man’ remarks.

Britain’s leading Black newspaper – The Voice – has sounded the alarm on a crisis of anti-black racism within Labour.

All this within the context of the Forde \\Report and criticism from Black MPs.

Yet the Voice has been *ignored* by the Labour Party.

Labour crisis intensifies as ‘racist’ candidate picked

Meanwhile, in another safe London seat, party members resign over blocking of popular black candidate for ‘spurious’ reasons

https://www.voice-online.co.uk/news/uk-news/2022/10/31/labour-crisis-intensifies-as-racist-candidate-picked/

Meanwhile, in Kensington, the ex-MP, @emmadentcoad, the only person to ever win the seat for Labour, and a passionate advocate for a community scarred by Grenfell was blocked.

Locally there was widespread disgust at the decision.

Left wing ex-Labour MP Emma Dent Coad blocked from standing in Kensington

Left wing ex-Labour MP Emma Dent Coad says she has been blocked by the party from standing as the candidate in Kensington.

https://www.standard.co.uk/news/londoners-diary/londoners-diary-emma-dent-coad-labour-kensington-blocked-b1033237.html

As @FisherAndrew79 has remarked, this obsessive purge is also draining Labour’s activist base.

With members disempowered and local councillors and even ex-MPs blocked, why would anyone go out and knock doors? The disrespect is palpable.

Labour’s Cult of Factionalism Is Going Into Overdrive | Novara Media

From Emma Dent Coat to Maurice Mcleod, the Labour right is busy destroying would-be leftwing MPs – and its own electoral prospects in the process, writes Andrew Fisher. 

 https://novaramedia.com/2022/10/21/labours-cult-of-factionalism-is-going-into-overdrive/

Indeed, when the Party blocked the *deputy leader of the council* in favour of two people who live outside the constituency, the entire Wakefield CLP Executive resigned.

Wakefield Labour executive resigns accusing Starmer of byelection stitch-up

Members quit en masse over ‘arrogant’ handling of candidate selection process

https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2022/may/13/wakefield-labour-executive-resigns-accusing-keir-starmer-byelection-stich-up

So in sum:

❌ promises broken
❌ rights of trade unions disregarded
❌ local members and parties disrespected
❌ failing on anti-racism
❌ anti-democratic stitch-ups

This is Keir Starmer’s Labour Party.

Source: What’s going on with Labour’s Parliamentary Selections? – Labour Hub

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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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#Starmer’s #lies: he has u-turned on Labour candidate selection

We should all be indebted to those of us who have long memories.

Yesterday (January 25) Keir Starmer won a vote by Labour’s ruling NEC, cutting grassroots members out of the longlisting process for Parliamentary candidates. It means regional and national committees will choose who can be a candidate and local, constituency members will not be allowed to offer up their own choice.

In other words, the Parliamentary Labour Party will become a club for Keir Starmer’s friends and cronies, and no left-wingers, socialists or adherents to the values on which Labour was founded will be allowed anywhere near.

But look at this, from Starmer’s Labour leadership campaign:

Once again we see that the Lying Lawyer said one thing to get elected leader and did the exact opposite once he had what he wanted. He stinks and so does the party he has corrupted.

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#KeirStarmer seizes control of #Labour candidate selection. Members are no longer needed

Apt: Keir Starmer reckons he was named after original Labour leader Hardie – but can anyone doubt that his illustrious forerunner might have said these words, if confronted with evidence of Starmer’s abysmal behaviour.

The Labour Party leadership has seized control of Parliamentary candidate selection from local parties. Grassroots members now have no control at all over who represents them in Westminster.

Longlisting of candidates will now be carried out by national and regional executive committees run by hard-right-wing apparatchiks whose aims are unlikely to correspond to those of the socialist grassroots.

The argument for the change is that NEC longlisting increases diversity and ensures a higher quality of candidates because due diligence is done at the start of the process. It also reduces the timetable of selections from nine weeks to a maximum of five and introduces a spending cap on selection campaigns of £1.50 per member, with a maximum cap of £3,500 applied.

The decision means Westminster will become an exclusive club for right-wing friends of Keir Starmer. He and his cronies will choose who gets to join the club with them.

Local constituency party members will have just one use: to campaign on behalf of the members of the Westminster club, who will enjoy all the rewards but do little of the work.

Who wants that sh*t?

This Writer strongly recommends that any left-wing, socialist Labour Party member should quit now.

Just rip up your membership card and send it back with a note of resignation and a request for your membership fee to be refunded for the period between now and whenever it runs out.

Then go and join one of the let-wing organisations that have sprung up to take the torch of socialism that Labour has dropped.

As someone else has already said, Labour is a movement, not a brand.

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