Those who pay attention to Labour’s internal democracy – or otherwise – may be aware that the selection of Labour’s candidate to contest the next parliamentary election in Watford has been abandoned for the time being, amid vaguely-framed concerns about ‘irregularities’ concerning postal votes.
Locals have told the SKWAWKBOX that the ‘irregularity’ consists of the fact that the person designated to handle completed postal votes is alleged to have been the agent of a ‘centrist’ candidate standing for selection.
If true, this would leave the process wide open to abuse in ways that are not hard to imagine – and demonstrates again the lengths to which the right will go to try to sew up parliamentary and other positions.
Regardless of the ill-founded bleating in Haringey and other areas about a supposed Momentum-driven ‘purge’ of centrist candidates, the reality of the situation around the country is one of right-wing factions using, bending and if necessary breaking rules to try to retain a foothold that their support does not democratically merit.
This article originally stated that the return address for the postal votes was that of the candidate’s agent. Locals have clarified and the article has been amended.
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