Left-winger triumphs despite party machine’s last-minute attempts to stitch up result
West Derby MP and national MP of the Year Ian Byrne has dramatically won reselection as the Labour party candidate for the Liverpool constituency this afternoon, despite a non-stop campaign by the party to smear him and rig the result – and despite a last-minute attempt by the right to block Byrne’s supporters from voting when party officials saw the scale of the turn-out for him, in blatant breach of the announced rules for the contest:
Despite the machinations of the right-wing bureaucracy, which included another right-wing hopeful dropping out and smearing left-wingers, Byrne defeated right-wing challenger Anthony Lavelle – a Labour staffer who had been shortlisted despite unanswered allegations of bullying and hate speech – 210-198 with a strong majority in the room for Byrne versus ‘postal votes’ for Lavelle.
Byrne’s supporters celebrated:
The result against all odds triggered justified crowing from Byrne’s many wider supporters:
Congratulations. Victories for justice and integrity are rare in Starmer’s party but one of the good guys made it.
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