Panel selection meeting cancelled day before due by Labour’s GLU
A meeting to select a panel to oversee the selection of Labour’s candidate to replace quitter MP Mike Gapes in Ilford South constituency has been cancelled for a second time at short notice.
Locals insisted that the first meeting was cancelled because of complaints around the eligibility of the delegates who would decide the panel, amid fears that left-wing applicants for the candidacy would be excluded.
Local election boundary changes have not been reflected in the branch delegates attending constituency meeting, meaning that some delegates are believed to be ineligible because they live in different wards or even outside the new constituency boundaries. Left-wingers believe the old structures have been maintained to deny them the opportunity to have a say.
In spite of the complaints, London Labour insisted that the first meeting was cancelled only because of the EU elections. However, with the elections past rumours have been circulating that the rearranged meeting was also going to be cancelled.
With just one day to go before the meeting was due to take place today, a formal cancellation notice went out – stating that the party’s Governance and Legal Unit (GLU) was behind the decision:
Selections decided on the basis of false boundaries and invalid delegations would, of course, be subject to legal challenge.
Left-winger Sam Tarry is understood to be among the left-wing applicants, with local council leader Jas Athwal thought to be among the likely centrists.
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