Marcia Hutchinson quit party and post in protest at bullying and discrimination – and party then excluded black candidates and members to install favoured white male. Now LibDems hold seat after collapse of Labour vote
Labour has collapsed to a humiliating defeat – in Manchester, one of its usual strongholds – in a council by-election after driving the incumbent out of the party in a racism and bullying scandal.
Marcia Hutchinson MBE quit the party in disgust in December, accusing party officials and councillors of making her life a misery and saying:
I have endured more racism and bullying in my five years in the Labour Party than the rest of my life combined
Ms Hutchinson then accused the party of excluding black members and applicants in order to ensure that a favoured white male was selected to stand to replace her.
And last night the chickens came home to roost as Labour’s vote share in the Ancoats and Beswick by-election collapsed by more than twenty points, allowing the LibDems to take the seat with a gain of thirty-one points:
The result was part of yet another disastrous night for Labour, with huge falls even in seats they managed to cling onto:
Labour’s right-wing regime has been purging candidates of colour in various boroughs, particularly targeting Muslims and black women in order to tighten its grip on internal power. But in many parts of the country, the regime’s conduct and Keir Starmer’s eagerness to imitate and outdo the Tories means that the party is now struggling even to find enough people willing to stand in local elections, while councillors and party officers resign in disgust.
And the effects are being seen at almost every parliamentary and local election ballot box, as Labour lurches from defeat to defeat.
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