Local members outraged at decision to render huge branch majorities ‘null and void’
Labour’s London regional office has ‘annulled’ two branch ‘trigger‘ meetings of Ealing Southall Labour party that voted overwhelmingly in favour of a selection contest against incumbent Virendra Sharma – after an ‘unfounded’ allegation that ineligible voters participated.
Elthorne branch voted 30:3 and Southall Broadway 74:32 in favour of a full selection and against automatically retaining Sharma.
Members only been told that the meetings are ‘annulled’ and their results are ‘null and void’ and have not been given any information about the allegations leading to the annulment. However, the SKWAWKBOX understands that Sharma or his supporters have claimed ineligible voters took part.
However, local members told the SKWAWKBOX that the allegations are false: only a handful of members in each branch were ineligible because they joined after the ‘freeze date’ – and none are known to have participated in the votes. Even if they had, the majorities in favour of the trigger were so huge that any ineligible voters would have been immaterial to the outcome.
Only one further branch would have been required to reach the trigger threshold – and a meeting scheduled for this evening was expected to deliver that result.
Ealing Southall members are understandably outraged by the decision of London’s regional office to nullify their democratic demand, reached by huge majorities, to ‘trigger’ an MP who was the subject of an equally massive vote of no confidence earlier this year – and of a protest by constituents asking Labour to put up a different candidate in the 2017 general election..
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