Merseyside branch calls for selection rerun as LCF identifies multiple procedural breaches

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Liscard on the Wirral

Liscard Labour branch in the Merseyside borough of Wirral has called an emergency meeting for next Tuesday after the Local Campaign Forum (LCF) – the Labour body with oversight of council candidate selections – identified a number of breaches of procedure by the campaign team of the sitting councillor.

The following email went out to all branch members:

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In spite of the misleading impression given that the sitting councillor was the officially-endorsed candidate – and a tight 21-18 result in the vote in spite of the broken rules and procedures – Labour’s regional director decided that the multiple breaches did not have a ‘material impact’ on the result.

The Liscard branch ‘exec’ disagrees and has called a special meeting to take place on Tuesday evening next week to vote on a motion to re-run the selection.

Both the sitting councillor and Labour’s north-west regional director were contacted for comment. Neither responded.

SKWAWKBOX comment:

Liscard is not an isolated incident. So-called ‘moderate’ incumbents across the country have resorted to similar lengths – and in some cases worse – in order to try to cling to positions they fear the members no longer want them to occupy.

If Labour’s regional bureaucracies will not support members in preventing such actions succeeding, then the national party must intervene

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