Labour leadership hopeful’s head of ‘field team’ pleaded guilty in 2018
Labour leadership candidate Jess Phillips has appointed a number of figures from the Labour right to her campaign team including Ilford North MP Wes Streeting, according to LabourList and a number of other publications.
Among other appointments, as head of her ‘field team’, is Streeting staffer Matt Goddin.
Mr Goddin has a conviction for breaking electoral law. In 2018, he pleaded guilty to failing to include the details required by the Representation of the People Act 1983 on an electoral ad for former Labour/CUK MP Mike Gapes, which was published as a newspaper ‘wraparound’.
Goddin was reportedly not Gapes’ electoral agent at the time, but Streeting’s. According to the East London and West Essex Guardian, had he been working as Gapes’ agent, he would have been banned from acting as an electoral agent for three years. Instead, he received a fine for the offence.
Ms Phillips’ office has not yet responded to an emailed request for comment and neither her constituency office nor her parliamentary office was answering calls this morning. Mr Goddin has also been contacted.
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