Outrage on Wirral as Labour suspends body designated to select local election candidates and takes direct control, breaking Starmer’s promise to decentralise power yet again
Keir Starmer’s war on members – and his ongoing breach (like all his others) of his Labour leadership campaign to ‘push power away’ from Westminster and toward local people and increase local democracy – has continued today with a notification by the party to members in the Merseyside borough of Wirral that their representatives are no longer allowed to select which candidates will stand in local elections.
The notice from regional director Liam Disbury reads:
TO: Wirral MPs, Labour Group Leader, Labour Group Deputy Leader, CLP Secretary, LGC Secretary,
I am writing to inform you that the NEC has agreed to suspend the Wirral Local Government Committee. This decision has been taken on the basis that the LGC has not been fully focussed on ensuring our campaign organisation is as effective as it should be. We have an important set of all out elections in 2023.
The following recommendations have been agreed:
That Wirral LGC is suspended.
– That the NW Regional Office takes over the interviewing and selection of candidates for the May 2023 elections.
– That candidates selected must sign up to a candidate’s contract and this must be monitored and adhered to.
– All Councillors must be interviewed, with an onus on their campaign records.
– That the North West Region sets up a campaign committee to ensure that campaigning activity takes place on a regular basis.
– That this campaign committee determines targets and target seats across the Wirral, until the 2023 elections.
– That the NW Region retains oversight of the situation in Wirral with a view of restoring the LGC in May 2024
– It has also been agreed that the Regional Director will appoint a campaign committee who will have responsibility with overseeing the Local Election campaign. The campaign committee will consist of:
Chair (appointed by RD)
Secretary (appointed by RD)
Campaign Co-ordinator (Appointed by RD)
CLP Leads from the Labour Group x 4
Regional Organiser or other staff member (appointed by RD)
All planned LGC meetings must be cancelled. If you have any questions or queries please don’t hesitate to get in touch.
The Local Government Committee at least partially consisted of representatives elected by members of local parties to oversee candidate selections on their behalf. Now those members have been even further disenfranchised by the decision of Starmer’s allies and drones on the NEC to seize the power to decide who gets to stand for election to the borough council for the next two years.
Starmer’s local elections this month were a largely-unreported disaster that was misrepresented in much of the national media. Now the party machine that performed so abysmally this month is seizing further control. What could possibly go wrong?
Well for starters, Labour in the Wirral has been haemorrhaging members and many are now joining the Greens – including the (now ex-) Chair of New Brighton Labour – who performed strongly on the peninsula in this month’s local elections, in order to ‘take out’ the main members of right-wing Labour on the council at the next elections. Many others are committing to campaign for them to the same end and more will no doubt travel across the Mersey from Liverpool or in from surrounding areas in order to inflict the greatest possible electoral damage on what is now firmly an anti-democratic party regime.
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