Members scream set-up as party shapes up to impose candidates selected by right-dominated NEC – and doesn’t even bother informing shortlisted hopefuls
The Labour party has disgraced itself yet again as a right-stacked panel has barred all three prospective candidates from the selection contest to become the party’s candidate in the Liverpool mayoral election.
A panel stacked with right-wingers made the decision and the party has just emailed members – without even informing the candidates.
The move makes real the fears of many members that the strong campaign of left-winger Anna Rothery would cause the party to abort the whole process – blocking the popular councillor who would have become the UK’s first black woman mayor if elected. Howls of outrage are already heard in the local party.
Another candidate had serious question marks over her track record, but Rothery’s supporters believe the party’s decision is a naked – and nakedly racist – move to block the strongest candidate because she was a left-winger and supported Jeremy Corbyn’s reinstatement.
The party shortlisted the three and has humiliated itself, at the same time declaring war yet again on its members.
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