Sandwell councillor Steve Melia was convicted of attacking and beating local blogger – he was filmed doing so – yet was allowed to stand for re-election as a Labour candidate
The Labour party continues to try to oust Leicester East MP Claudia Webbe, despite the obvious problems with the outcome of her appeal, the fact that the judge accepted that her accuser had lied repeatedly, the withholding of evidence by the Met Police in the first trial, the reduction of Webbe’s sentence to little more than a parking fine – and the outraged condemnation by the Society of Black Lawyers and a retired judge of the ‘systemic racism’ of a decision that gave more weight to the claims of a white woman who lied than to the evidence of a black woman MP.
Yet not so very far from Webbe’s seat in Leicester, Sandwell Borough councillor Steve Melia was allowed by the party to stand for re-election even though he had just received a conviction for assault with beating because of his attack on a local anti-corruption blogger. And unlike in Webbe’s case, where evidence was almost non-existent, Melia’s attack on Julian Saunders was filmed. Melia took exception to Saunders filming him and other councillors in a public space and launched his assault:
When the Labour right bullied out Sandwell council leader Yvonne Davies, Keir Starmer promised a ‘new broom’ in the borough – and promptly reinstalled most of the old right-wingers who had trashed Labour’s reputation there, including one who tried to join the Tories but was rejected and who had been recorded boasting of arranging an undeclared ‘loan’ for a right-wing MP to save her from bankruptcy.
And earlier this month, Melia was allowed to stand for re-election as a Labour candidate, despite his criminal and undisputed conviction for violence. Yet Labour continues to gun for Ms Webbe, demanding her resignation and attempting to have her removed through parliamentary processes.
But then, Webbe is a left-wing black woman and not a violent old white right-winger, so of course Starmer’s Labour is willing to accommodate and cover for him.
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