Labour has ‘impugned the integrity’ of all candidates in original shortlist by barring them from standing – yet claims offering a ‘clean break’ from the city council’s recent and well-publicised issues ‘risks political damage to the party’ and is allowing a different candidate to make the same pitch without penalty
Yesterday the Labour party defended itself against Anna Rothery’s legal action to be reinstated to the party’s mayoral selection contest by claiming her statement at a Zoom hustings ‘impugned’ other candidates and presented ‘a clear risk of political damage to the party‘.
SKWAWKBOX can exclusively inform its readers exactly what Rothery said in the hustings, in the form of a video of the statement in question:
SKWAWKBOX has also spoken to members who were at the hustings who have confirmed that there was nothing else in the meeting that could fit the party’s court claim.
Damningly, one of the candidates who replaced the original shortlist of three women councillors emailed members this week using the same campaign angle – telling members that ‘our city needs a fresh start’ and that’s why she is standing for selection. The party has not scrapped its new shortlist.
This video seems to present only two options: either Labour removed Rothery for other reasons than those it stated in court, or the party considers standing against corruption and for a better ‘clean break’ to damage its interests.
And of course, Labour has ‘impugned the integrity’ of all the candidates in the original shortlist – by barring them from selection with no explanation.
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