Caroline White admitted being woman caught on video campaigning for opposing candidate – and was then caught on audio. Other suspensions are anticipated this week
Cllr Caroline White was at the centre of controversy last month when she was caught – first on video and then separately on audio – campaigning for Cllrs David and Shirley Hosell. The Hosells had formerly been Labour councillors but quit the party after being deselected, in order to contest last week’s local elections as independents.
Cllr White’s response to an invitation to comment on the evidence at the time was “Go f*ck yourself”.
The SKWAWKBOX understands that Cllr White has now been suspended by the party pending investigation. Campaigning for, or supporting, a rival candidate is an automatic expulsion offence under Labour’s rules.
Cllr White has been invited to comment.
The SKWAWKBOX also understand that further suspensions are expected locally this week in relation to the White incident and disciplinary issues.
Sandwell Labour councillors will shortly need to elect a new council and Labour group leader, after Cllr Steve Trow dramatically resigned last week. Trow had only been in position for a short time, following the forced resignation as leader of Steve Eling, a close ally of local right-wing MPs Tom Watson and John Spellar, who had been suspended by Labour after a number of serious complaints about his conduct.
The Hosells were both unsuccessful in their attempt to win election as independents, as Labour took a clean sweep of council seats contested last week.
Steve Eling’s replacement as Labour candidate for Abbey Ward, blind Labour activist Ahmad Bostan, was successfully elected in a landslide, winning almost three times the vote of his nearest rival. Eling’s case has been referred to Labour’s ultimate disciplinary body, the NCC, in spite of attempts by Tom Watson to defend him.
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