600 postal votes appear decisive
Ilford South MP Sam Tarry has been deselected this evening, losing to right-wing favourite Jas Athwal 361-499.
The meeting was beset by controversy after a number of Tarry supporters were barred from the ballot – and then around six hundred postal votes ‘appeared’.
And those postal votes appear to have been decisive, though there are still potential discrepancies in the count, with more than three hundred members reported to be at the meeting in person, which with six hundred reported postal votes would significantly exceed the 860 votes in the final tally.
Athwal is the local council leader and was reinstated to the party after a right-dominated panel of National Executive members decided that a disciplinary investigative unit had not presented sufficient evidence to expel him after ‘serious’ allegations of sexual harassment.
Tarry’s trigger votes, to decide whether he would face a selection contest, were marred by accusations of rigging and voter impersonation. The party admitted that there had been instances, but dismissed them as irrelevant to the outcome.
Tarry, who was sacked by Keir Starmer for supporting striking workers, will remain in his seat until the next general election, unless he chooses to step down early.
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