Anger over delays and refusals of entry followed by NEC representative chairing meeting being heckled over exclusion of local favourite Louise Regan excluded from shortlist even after nominations success
Police have been called to the meeting to select Labour’s candidate to replace defector Chris Leslie in Nottingham East, after delays and refusals of entry, together with member frustration over the exclusion from the candidate shortlist of a local left favourite boiled over.
Queues formed outside the meeting and some members were denied entry. National Executive Committee (NEC) member Yasmine Dar, chairing the meeting, has been heckled over the decision to exclude CLP chair Louise Regan from the shortlist – a decision believed to be in part to have been triggered by a smear campaign by local Alliance for Workers’ Liberty members.
Regan, a national officer of the National Education Union, would have been a strong favourite to win selection had she not been barred from the shortlist. As in too many other cases, local members have been denied the strong left candidate they would have chosen.
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