Sandwell councillor caught on audio on campaign trail with independent councillor – both allies of Tom Watson – competing against Labour in local elections
Earlier today the SKWAWKBOX revealed exclusive video footage of Sandwell Labour councillor Caroline White helping an opponent of the Labour Party, Cllr David Hosell who was deselected and resigned to contest his seat as an independent, put up campaign boards for his wife Shirley for next week’s local elections.
Shirley Hosell is also now an independent candidate competing against the Labour Party for the Newton ward seat. Labour deputy leader Tom Watson recently attacked the deselection of the pair as without justification, although David Hosell quickly tarnished that comment by attacking a bullied female colleague as a ‘loud-mouthed gutter wench’.
Supporting a rival candidate is an automatic expulsion offence under Labour Party rules.
Cllr White admitted that she was the woman in the footage but told the SKWAWKBOX earlier today that she had helped Cllr Hosell out of a concern for health and safety.
However, new audio evidence now also revealed exclusively by this blog appears to show Cllr Hosell and Cllr White campaigning together and engaging in conversation with a local resident.
And during the conversation, Hosell tells the resident that Cllr White is “Labour until next year, when she’s coming over to me”. Cllr White does not demur.
The subtitled audio below has the voice of the resident removed to protect her/his anonymity:
Cllr White was also seen to have ‘liked’ a Facebook post of David Hosell’s campaign boards:
The SKWAWKBOX contacted Cllr White for comment. Although she took a call earlier today during the preparation of the original article, she declined to answer any further call.
However, after multiple attempts to call a text was sent outlining the information shown above. Councillor White texted the following comment in response:
I have sought legal advice on this matter and I’ve been advised to tell you to go fuck yourself! And I’m looking forward to reading your report.
Tom Watson did not respond in spite of multiple calls to office and mobile numbers to ask whether he stood by his defence of the deselected Councillors Hosell and his claim that action by the Labour Party against councillors in Sandwell was baseless and factional.
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