The Labour Black Socialists group has reacted to the scandal of the removal of Anna Rothery as a prospective candidate to be Liverpool’s next mayor – and has demanded an immediate Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) investigation into what they believe is the institutional racism of her deselection by the national and north-west party.
Rothery would have been odds-on favourite to become the UK’s first black woman elected mayor if Labour had not pulled the plug and prevented members from voting to select her as their candidate:
The group was formed to galvanise protests against Labour’s failure to address anti-Black racism in the party under Keir Starmer and has called a selective ‘campaigning strike’ against candidates who have not shown a commitment to equality.
Labour had recalled all three shortlisted candidates to a re-interview process last week after questions emerged about the track record of another of the three shortlisted women, but party insiders say that the decision today to bar all three candidates has resulted from a determination to prevent the Corbyn-supporting Rothery winning selection.
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