Bill Cherrington admits comment supporting David Hosell, who fought against Labour as independent candidate earlier this month
Last week, the SKWAWKBOX revealed the expulsion from the Labour Party of Caroline White, a Sandwell councillor who had campaigned for independent candidates David and Shirley Hosell during the recent local elections.
Now a second Labour councillor faces potential expulsion from the party, after also publicly expressing support for David Hosell’s campaign. Mr Hosell, who together with his wife quit the party after being deselected by Labour’s National Executive Committee, launched his campaign logo – in a red almost identical to Labour’s – and posted an image to his Facebook page.
Councillor Cherrington posted a clearly supportive message in response:
Hosell, an ally of Labour deputy leader and local MP Tom Watson, clearly recognising that this contravened Labour’s rules, responded with a warning: “be careful bill [sic]. I don’t want you deselected.”
Cllr Cherrington saw the response – and even ‘liked’ it – but had not deleted it as of 7.55pm this evening:
The SKWAWKBOX contacted Cllr Cherrington. He at first claimed he did not remember making any comment to David Hosell, but then admitted it and said “I’ve known Dave for some years. Why shouldn’t I?”
When the SKWAWKBOX pointed out that Labour’s rules about support for a rival candidate an automatic expulsion offence, the line went dead.
A second call was made, to ensure that the councillor had not simply lost the line. A clearly upset Cherrington shouted “Stop harassing me, just go away!”
Labour’s rulebook, section 2.4B, states that:
B. A member of the Party who joins and/ or supports a political organisation other than an official Labour group or other unit of the
Party, or supports any candidate who stands against an official Labour candidate, or publicly declares their intent to stand against a Labour candidate, shall automatically be ineligible to be or remain a Party member
If the Labour Party considers that Cllr Cherrington’s public Facebook comment constitutes support for a rival candidate, it is likely to act very swiftly.
The SKWAWKBOX understands that at least one further councillor may face action for similar support.
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