Members including CLP chair and branch officials call for selection to be re-run with right-wing former MP barred from involvement, as they submit detailed complaint alleging gross breaches of process to stitch up parliamentary selection
Labour members – including the constituency party (CLP) chair and senior branch officials – have submitted a detailed complaint and supporting evidence to the party alleging multiple gross breaches of process to stitch up the constituency’s parliamentary selection for the right-wing former MP Gareth Snell.
The allegations include collecting signed but uncompleted postal votes to complete in Snell’s favour – and breaches of data and selection rules to control access to postal votes and prevent supporters of other candidates casting them. Below are the complaint and its supporting evidence in full, redacted only to remove names.
And the complainants expose the party’s own involvement in the stitch-up, allowing and enabling key positions supposedly overseeing the integrity of the process to be filled by avowed supporters of the right-winger:
The WhatsApp message
The witness statements
Gareth Snell declined to comment when asked by the local press. The party repeated its usual line about taking all complaints seriously.
The Labour party and its agents have been accused of abuse, bullying, threats and vote-rigging in their eagerness to deselect left-wing MPs – a sick joke in the light of the whining of right-wingers during Jeremy Corbyn’s leadership about the mere possibility of deselection.
But the Stoke Central members’ complaint seems to expose the lengths to which the party will allow and facilitate anti-democratic practices to install favoured right-wingers – Snell is far from an exception – against the wishes of local members.
The process should be re-run urgently – and if Snell’s supporters have acted as the complaint seems to prove, he must not be among the prospective candidates.
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