Members choose local and reject regime’s favoured outsider
Labour members in Stroud have defeated an attempt by the party regime to rig the constituency’s parliamentary selection.
Local favourite, left-wing district council leader Doina Cornell quit the party yesterday in disgust after the party removed her from the ‘long list’ of candidates to clear the way for the Starmeroids’ preferred option, a lobbyist who lives seventy miles from the constituency, but 64% of members voted for local Simon Opher instead.
One Facebook announcement of the result described the party ‘shooting itself in the foot’:
The ‘Amplify Stroud’ local news page decried the party’s ‘anti-democratic’ attempt to parachute in a right-wing outsider and said it had ‘blown up in the face’ of the Labour regime:
The Labour right has no interest in democracy beyond maintaining a sham and such rigging has become commonplace since Starmer conned his way into the party leadership, but just occasionally the members can still successfully send them packing. Given the right’s record few would be surprised, though, if the party comes up with a pretext for suspending Mr Opher to re-open the contest.
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