The Liverpool mayoral scandal of the deselection of all three prospective candidates for Labour in the city’s mayoral election has led Anna Rothery, the left’s favourite for the candidacy, to state publicly that she will take the matter to court if the decision is not overturned.
Rothery’s statement says:
Like many people across our city and our movement, I’m shocked by the Party’s chaotic handling of the selection for Liverpool mayor. Instead of a positive, unifying campaign for our city, we are faced with what looks like an undemocratic failure of process.
I stood because I know our city needs a socialist mayor to clean up local politics, deliver a local Green New Deal and leave no one behind. I am humbled by the support I have received as someone firmly rooted in our trade unions and community groups, and who wasn’t part of the previous executive.
I welcomed the deviation last week from the formal NEC process to include more scrutiny of candidates but not to remove transparency and accountability from the process. I hope party HQ sees the outrage its decision has caused across our city and the harm it is doing to our party’s reputation and changes course.
If the decision stands, then I will be left with no choice but to challenge it legally.”
The SKWAWKBOX understands that Anna Rothery will seek an injunction if the decision is not reversed. The party’s actions, which have been carried out without explanation and without even informing the candidates before Labour members were told of the u-turn today, have caused immeasurable reputational damage to the three shortlisted women
As Lord Mayor of Liverpool, a councillor and a community campaigner of long standing and good name, Rothery clearly needs to defend herself against the party’s assault on her reputation and the ongoing mismanagement and briefing around the process by Labour right-wingers and a small pseudo-left cabal with a track record of stacking selection processes.
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