Mass Labour campaign for imposed right-winger can’t prevent crushing defeat to independent candidate who featured prominently in Labour Files documentary
Left-wing independent candidate Mehmood Mirza – who featured prominently in Al Jazeera’s Labour Files documentary series after suffering a smear and spying campaign from Labour right-wingers – has trounced Labour’s imposed candidate Sofia Patel in the Newham Boleyn ward by-election.
The by-election, triggered by the resignation of another imposed candidate who resigned to care for her ailing mother, saw Mirza become the first independent candidate ever to take the seat by 1153 votes (42.5%) to Patel’s 871 (32.1%). Labour’s vote share fell by 27% compared to the last election.
According to her Linkedin profile, Sofia Patel is ‘Head of Events & Visits’ in Keir Starmer’s opposition leader office:
Local sources told Skwawkbox that Labour had run a mass daily campaign in the area that began weeks before the resignation was even announced to trigger the by-election, but Mirza’s grassroots campaign was far more successful. One local told Skwawkbox:
Starmer and co will be absolutely sh***ing themselves in case this is the first sign of Newham becoming another Tower Hamlets [where smeared and criminalised independent Lutfur Rahman has won the mayoral and his new Aspire party took the council from Labour]. They gave this campaign everything, focused all their efforts in this ward and still lost.
Mehmood Mirza was one of a large group of senior figures and grassroots members who left the Labour party in outrage last year at Labour’s decision to suspend both constituency parties in Newham for factional reasons. The party attempted to claim the suspension was done because the Met Police had concerns of criminality, but a statement from the Met revealed that this excuse was entirely untrue.
Video recently emerged of local residents being manhandled out of a council meeting for demanding that the Labour council keep a housing promise made to the local community.
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