Evidence counts for nothing as party hides behind procedure and says complaint should have been decided… by officials included in complaint – and because it wasn’t, the evidence doesn’t exist
Last week, Skwawkbox exclusively showed the detailed complaint by ten senior members of Stoke Central Labour party alleging rigging of the candidate selection vote in favour of the right-wing former MP Gareth Snell.
Members demanded that the selection be re-run – with Snell excluded – and provided evidence of gross breaches of process around access to data and postal vote tampering. That rigging, they said, had been allowed or facilitated by the ‘procedures secretary’ and ‘NEC rep’, both of whom were strong Snell supporters, with the procedures secretary married to a Snell supporter who featured prominently in the evidence of rigging that even extended to collecting uncompleted ballots and filling them in as votes for Snell – and even boasting about it in a WhatsApp chat.
Unsurprisingly, the party has rejected the complaint despite the evidence, but the reason for the complaint betrays the arrogant shamelessness of a right-wing faction that thinks that the rules are there for them to use or break as they see fit, not to bind them:
Yes, you read that right: the ‘Labour party’ has decided that a complaint that includes the conduct and bias of the Procedures Secretary and NEC Rep should have gone for adjudication to… the Procedures Secretary and NEC Rep.
And because it didn’t, the party is deciding that the substantial evidence – legally binding statements by witnesses and a WhatsApp message – doesn’t exist because it didn’t go to people involved in the alleged rigging.
The outcome is anything but surprising, given the track record of the Labour right – but how it was done takes the shamelessness and corruption of the regime to new depths.
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