Barking MP was ‘triggered’ by local members, but some now uneasy after CLP secretary photographed campaigning for Hodge to be retained
As the SKWAWKBOX exclusively reported last month, Barking MP Margaret Hodge was ‘triggered‘ by the local CLP (constituency Labour party) – primarily involving the party’s right – forcing a full selection contest for Labour’s candidacy in the next parliamentary election.
Hodge is standing to be reselected – but one set of pictures from her campaign has raised concerns among the local membership.
Last weekend, Hodge supporter Mollik Shakur Wadud posted pictures to his Facebook profile of Margaret Hodge’s visit to the house of a local community leader to promote her reselection campaign:
But immediately to the right of Hodge and the only other woman in the picture is local councillor Saima Ashraf – who is also Barking CLP secretary:
As CLP secretary, Cllr Ashraf will be responsible for arrangements concerning the all-member selection vote later this month – but she is also the person who will receive all postal votes cast in the vote:
The photographs have raised concerns among members about the impartiality of the process.
Cllr Ashraf was contacted for comment. Asked about the members’ concerns about her closeness to Hodge, she replied:
I would contest that. I don’t need to talk to you.
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