Exclusive: ‘moderate’ MP Farrelly refuses to deny sabotage – ‘it’s a matter for whips’

Last week the SKWAWKBOX exclusively revealed the alleged attempt by ‘moderate’ Labour MP Paul Farrelly to sabotage the candidacy of Gareth Snell for the Stoke Central seat – and subsequently to sabotage the Labour campaign in the constituency by asking Labour MPs not to campaign for Snell and persuading the area’s biggest Labour donor to withdraw his support.

Paul Farrelly MP

The campaign was, of course, ultimately unsuccessful – but it seems Mr Farrelly’s constituents were not in a forgiving mood at their monthly CLP (constituency Labour party) last Friday.

The SKWAWKBOX understands that Farrelly was confronted by a number of members about this blog’s article and refused to deny it.

Farrelly refused to give any answers except that “it’s a matter for the Whips“.

This, of course, suggests two things:

  1. that Mr Farrelly did indeed act as the SKWAWKBOX’s witnesses indicated
  2. that Labour’s Whips have heard about it and consider the matter concrete and serious enough to be investigating – and, presumably, to act against him if the allegations are proven

This latest turn of events puts egg on the faces of those who accused – all too predictably – the SKWAWKBOX of the tired old ‘fake news’.

It also suggests that the laughably-termed ‘moderates’ are anything but – and appear to have been prepared to go to extraordinary lengths to try to engineer an electoral defeat for their own party, in hope that a double defeat in both Copeland and Stoke would bring down the party’s democratically-elected-but-relentlessly-undermined leader.

In a strange quirk, Stoke Central’s new MP, Gareth Snell, was at the Newcastle-under-Lyme CLP meeting on Friday – still a resident there, he is a member of the CLP and currently its treasurer, although he is stepping down because of his parliamentary responsibilities.

Ironically, Farrelly was only reprieved from the anger of his members when Snell very generously moved the meeting on to a new topic.

The SKWAWKBOX has also learned that Mr Farrelly is allegedly unsatisfied with a single attempt to damage Labour electorally. His CLP also discovered that he has removed the entire activist membership’s access to Labour’s Contact Creator system.

This was another huge topic at the meeting. Without Contact Creator it is impossible for CLPs to run election campaigns properly – and there are County Councillor elections in May.

In a move that comes straight out of the Progress play-book for controlling a CLP, Farrelly has potentially sabotaged Labour in the County Council elections in May.

It looks like the Whips will have plenty to get their teeth into – and it can only be hoped that they will sanction Farrelly to the full extent available, even to withdrawing the whip.

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  1. Paul Farrelly is Extreme, as are all the Chicken coup lot and the Bitteriiiites
    Extreme Blairism is not what the membership desire

  2. The Tories must be admiring their strategically-placed moles’ attempts to stir up internecine warfare within Labour. Even the more publicly obvious ones. I wonder if any brown envelopes are changing hands or if any *promises* have been made – because surely nobody would volunteer themselves to engage in such treacherous anti-Labour conduct without a fat payday – or perhaps a run at a safe Tory seat when some ancient Tory grandee falls off his perch – at the end of it all?

  3. These extremists on the Right, are a major obstacle to Democratic Socialism; they are a disservice to the people who need help the most; they are feathering their own nests, in hope of returning the Labour Party to the safe hands of the Blair-Cultists..

  4. You can sign up to SKWAWKBOX and get some interesting stuff on Progress, the right wing cabal trying to destroy Labour democracy.


  5. If any or all of these allegations are proven, then surely this MP has to lose his Labour party membership and be sacked as an MP from the party. It is up to the national party to immediately recover access to necessary data for the local elections.

  6. I don’t understand what you mean when you write “moderate” in this way…Are you saying he was wrong to voice those concerns and suggest that Labour supporters do not vote for him?…I mostly agree with that only because of all the miserably slow progress in changing CLP and BLP structure…
    …I personally have serious doubts with voting for any PLP who have vocally proven themselves against JC… Gareth Snell is ineffectual and anti Corbyn…But still better than a UKIP alternative…Barely…Also perhaps if we hadn’t been so blindsided by the “threat” of UKIP we might have been mote able to subdue the tories in the other by election…Really sometimes I just don’t get what Skwarkbox is really about…

    1. Moderate is the standard media term for them, so I use it – but in quotation marks because they’re absolutely not moderate in any sane sense of the word.
      Was Snell the candidate I’d have chosen? No. Would any pro-Corbyn member have been instantly expelled for trying to undermine him? Absolutely. But a right-wing MP does this and, so far, no action against him at all.
      The threat of UKIP is real and I’d expose Nuttall all over again if history repeated itself. Others concentrated on Copeland because we can’t do everything and this blog happened to have the contacts and info needed to take the wheels off Nuttall’s campaign.
      As for what this blog’s about, it’s not complicated – beating the Tories. But sometimes you have to deal with the ones inside in order to be able to fight the ones outside unhindered.

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