Right-wingers and a couple of mayoral mates make up the candidates, say insiders
Earlier this week, Skwawkbox reported exclusively that arch-right-winger Luke Akehurst – a man at odds with the core values of the city – had been appointed by Keir Starmer’s Labour to control the long-listing process for three by-elections in Liverpool.
Tonight, Skwawkbox can also reveal that not one left-wing candidate has made it to the shortlist.
Labour insiders in the city say that the entire selection consists of entrenched right-wingers – some with no experience and one who has only just joined the party and has never done any campaigning – and a couple of ‘mates of the mayor’.
One source told Skwawkbox:
No-one from the left got anywhere near. This is criminal. Some of them have been selected despite losing to the LibDems last time out and one has only just joined and has no record of campaigning, which is normally a must for any council candidate.
The real issue is that local candidates have been overlooked in favour of gold-plated right-wingers. The only exceptions are a couple of people close to the mayor and machine around her, who can hardly claim to be left.
One was a councillor for many years, resigned because of Corbyn and only recently rejoined. The rest of them are on the right, including people close to some of the least pleasant people on the council.
Fantastic left candidates born and bred in the area and with brilliant track records in campaigning and community activism have been completely ignored, It’s a scandal.
S*n-columnist Keir Starmer and his hatchet-men seem to have decided that going to war with the people of Liverpool is a good idea. He is likely to be disabused of that notion rather quickly.
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