Party claims panel’s decision to bar left-winger was based on her saying during Zoom hustings that other candidates would shortly be arrested – but video evidence and party’s own records show this was false
Court documents published inadvertently by a law firm have revealed that the Labour party relied on false accusations to support its case in legal action brought by Anna Rothery, after Labour blocked her from standing for selection as its candidate in May’s Liverpool mayoral contest.
The party claimed that it had to bar her because she had ‘impugned’ the two other shortlisted candidates and presented a ‘risk of political damage’ – and shored up its argument by presenting details of a complaint that the shortlisting panel had considered during a re-interview:
This complaint was entirely false – Rothery had said no such thing:
Video footage of the event in question proves that the complaint’s allegation was false – and that the real quote is accurate:
The Labour party had every opportunity to inform the panel that the complaint was false, yet subsequently used the panel’s clearly incorrect decision to rely on a fictional complaint to defend itself against the wronged Rothery’s legal action.
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