Warley Labour page congratulates independent candidate and smears Labour’s
Warley constituency sits in the Sandwell heartland of right-wing Labour in the West Midlands, which has seen some of the worst behaviour by right-wing figures – and the suspension both of the Local Campaign Forum (LCF) and of senior councillors including the now-former council leader.
The constituency is represented by Labour First’s John Spellar – who infamously described ‘Momentum member’ as an insult. The constituency Labour party (CLP) has long been run by his allies – even preventing members voting on the CLP’s delegates to Labour’s annual conference.
The CLP also recently had candidates imposed by the NEC on one of its wards when former council leader Steve Eling was deselected as a result of his ongoing suspension for the investigation of serious complaints about his conduct.
Now the CLP’s official Facebook page – whose admins are anonymous – has posted comments congratulating an independent candidate in next week’s local elections – and smearing the Labour Party’s new candidates:
Labour’s rules make promoting or supporting a rival party or candidate an ‘auto-exclusion’ offence – resulting in immediate expulsion.
David Hosell, the independent candidate, has been at the centre of controversy after quitting the Labour Party when deselected as a candidate – defended by Tom Watson, whose constituency is also in the borough.
Hosell went on to insult a female Labour councillor as a ‘loud-mouthed gutter wench’ and to say that she deserved to be bullied out of a council meeting. He also publicly invited another female councillor last week, via Twitter, to join him at a local swingers’ club.
The SKWAWKBOX contacted local MP John Spellar. He hung up after being
and asked whether he would condemn the Facebook post .
Last week, the SKWAWKBOX exposed the support that local Labour councillor Caroline White was providing to Hosell’s campaign – to which she responded ‘go fuck yourself’. It seems that the ‘bitterites’ running Warley Labour’s Facebook page are happy to smear the party’s official candidates, even though they will be expelled if identified.
It also seems that Warley’s MP may not want to condemn them.
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