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Right-wing W Derby challenger publishes video implying endorsement of regional director

Anthony Lavelle replaces video, but not in time to avoid being called out by observers – and still has others in his self-promotion who back incumbent Ian Byrne

Anthony Lavelle, the right-wing party staffer and failed former mayoral candidate who wants MP of the year Ian Byrne‘s West Derby seat in Liverpool, has published a video featuring the party’s regional director Liam Didsbury, appearing to imply Didsbury’s support for his campaign. The misuse was flagged on Twitter by former Channel 4 journalist Michael Crick, although Crick mixed up Didsbury’s first name:

Lavelle removed the tweet and put out a new version, but people who saw the original video confirmed to Skwawkbox that it included Liam Didsbury.

However, the new version still contains people who not only have not come out in support of Lavelle’s attempt to win the candidacy, but who actively support Ian Byrne. One, Cllr Barry Kushner, told Skwawkbox last month that he didn’t think there should be a contest for the seat and he would be supporting Byrne. Another local, former CLP chair Phil Rowe, appears repeatedly in the video but he is said to definitely not be supporting Lavelle either.

The video is not the first controversy involving Lavelle’s bid. He is still the subject of allegations of ‘persistent’ bullying and hate speech toward a disabled female university student, about which neither he nor the Labour party have responded to requests for comment.

The Labour right appears determined to crowbar Lavelle into the seat regardless. Labour’s official overseeing the ‘trigger’ process to decide whether there should be a contest at all refused to sign off on the trigger ‘result’ because it was so corrupted, but the party simply ignored them and put the London regional office in charge of the process instead.

Anthony Lavelle has been contacted for comment concerning the video.

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