Caroline White says she has resigned – but party already said she had ‘excluded herself’
The councillor caught on video and audio campaigning for a rival candidate – both exclusively revealed by the SKWAWKBOX – has been expelled from the party after failing to send in her resignation before the party terminated her membership.
Caroline White – who told the SKWAWKBOX “go f*ck yourself’ on an earlier occastion – told this blog today:
I have resigned. I have still received no formal notification from the Labour Party.
However, a Labour source had already told the Local Democracy Reporting Service (LDRS) that Cllr White’s membership had been terminated as a result of her support for another candidate and that a letter had been sent to inform her. At the point where LDRS received this from the Labour Party, Cllr White told them that she intended to resign but had not yet done so.
Cllr White was captured in footage showing her carrying campaign boards for independent candidate David Hosell as he put up boards for his wife’s attempt to win re-election, also as an independent. She was also recorded speaking to a local resident, with Mr Hosell, on behalf of Mrs Hosell.
Labour’s rules mandate automatic expulsion for supporting a rival party or candidate.
Both the Hosells’ campaigns were unsuccessful, as last week’s local elections saw Labour win all contested seats in the borough.
Both Hosells were among a number of councillors deselected by the Labour Party before the election campaign. Deputy leader Tom Watson claimed that the deselections were unmerited, but Mr Hosell immediately gave cause to doubt this claim.
Local sources are expecting further councillor suspensions over the next week or so.
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