Members walk out in protest as others barred by party
Former Labour staffer Simon Lightwood has been selected to stand for the party in the Wakefield by-election in a selection contest rigged to exclude locals, leaving members with a choice between two right-wing outsiders.
Lightwood is not from the city, but used to work for right-wing anti-Corbyn former MP Mary Creagh. Wakefield Labour’s elected executive resigned en masse last week in process at the gerrymandering.
Lightwood claims a close affinity with Wakefield, but his track record shows he has tried to get selected in at least two other towns before this:
Barely one in four Wakefield members were able to take part in the selection vote, with the party barring anyone from participating who was unable to provide photo ID,despite Starmer having condemned Tory plans to require such ID from voting in elections:
77% either declined to vote in the selection or were prevented from doing so.
After Wakefield’s Tory MP was convicted of child sexual abuse, Labour should absolutely walk this by-election in a city that was staunchly Labour before Keir Starmer’s Brexit betrayal drove it to the Tories.
But after excluding popular locals to rig the selection in favour of more right-wing drones, the regime shows every indication of trying to lose.
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