‘Mafia’ move on cards to cut Labour members out of selection via emergency vote to revert to leader elected by councillors – and install O’Byrne despite questions over £20k company payment for daughter’s job etc
Right-wing city councillors in Liverpool allied with a ‘north-west mafia‘ of Labour fixers are planning to mount a ‘coup’ tomorrow to scrap the position of elected mayor and install their preferred candidate as leader of the council.
Ann O’Byrne was one of three prospective candidates bidding to stand for Labour in May’s mayoral election who were blocked by the party without explanation.
Questions had been raised, but not answered, about O’Byrne’s involvement, along with two right-wing Labour councillors, in the Beautiful Ideas Company – a vehicle that raised cash through two car parks and allocated funds to local businesses.
A councillor’s report raised a string of questions over BICo’s unreceipted cash transactions, lack of proper accounting, issues with low reports of usage of the car parks on match days – and an award of £20,000 to a group that was used to employ O’Byrne’s daughter.
Although the other candidates had no involvement, the party decided to scrap the shortlist and bar all three candidates from standing – including the popular left-winger Anna Rothery, to the outrage of local members and BAME groups. Rothery looked on course to become the UK’s first black woman elected mayor.
But now the SKWAWKBOX understands that supporters of O’Byrne – who enjoys extensive connections and alliances among councillors – plan to install her anyway, by holding an emergency vote tomorrow to scrap the mayoral model immediately and to return to the system where only councillors vote to elect the council’s leader.
Labour members would be entirely disenfranchised in the process.
If the Labour right thinks it has seen outrage from the people of Liverpool over the travesty so far, they are likely to learn what it really looks like.
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