South Shields MP loses branch meeting that originally cast tied vote
Popular MP Emma Lewell-Buck has been fighting a campaign of dirty tricks and abuse by the Labour right that saw the first three trigger votes by branches go against her, leaving her one branch away from having to face a selection contest.
The dirty tricks appear to have continued into tonight’s results. A branch ballot tonight resulted in a tied vote – so the executive decided to re-ballot.
Unsurprisingly, the new ballot resulted in support for a trigger by a single vote – with one right-wing councillor ‘assisting’ an elderly member with her vote in the second ballot.
The other branch to meet tonight voted to automatically retain Ms Lewell-Buck as candidate, so the illegal recount tips the balance.
Ms Lewell-Buck is expected to complain to the party about the abuse of process, but as things stand right now she has been ‘triggered’ on the back of an underhand and abusive campaign by the Labour right.
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