Shenanigans
Senior Trade Unionist speaks out Print E-mail
Monday, 09 February 2009
A senior trade unionist spoke to Tribune (9th Jan 2009) about the high level of illegitimate interference into party democracy by regional officials at Annual Conference. He is reported as saying - 'What goes on is really unpleasant. It is a corrupt and scary regime. [Officials] have been reduced to tears under pressure and been made to feel scared about their position or even career in the party. About two-thirds of the regional officials are engaged in what has become to be seen as a routing part of the job......But it is difficult to pin down. They are very good at hiding what they do.'
 
What Labour's Right Wing really thinks Print E-mail
Monday, 09 February 2009
Luke Akehurst, reportedly an officer of the hard right organisation, Labour First, sometimes lets on as to just how off the wall the Right Wing are. For example, he has publicly stated that what he has been most proud of in Labour's second term is the invasion of Iraq. In January, he went on record (on his blog), attacking the NEC's Code of Conduct for party officials, stating - 'the daft code of conduct stops Labour staff doing their job. They should not be neutral referees. They should be able to promote the candidates and policies of the elected leadership of the party against their internal critics. Back in Morgan Phillips' day ...... there was none of this nonsense about neutrality, the party staff explicitly had a role in giving the left a kicking.'
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Conference Capers Print E-mail
Monday, 03 November 2008
A report of some of the Shenanigans at Annual Conference in Manchester, September 2008

•    A delegate in the Yorkshire Region has reported to their GC that at Manchester regional full time officials recommended a slate for the Conference Arrangements Committee which included NPF Rep Andy Furlong (a so called ‘moderate’ in the West Midlands), but did not include the T&G candidate, Mick Murphy.
•    In the London Region a CLP Chair has complained to his CLP’s EC members that regional officials were texting some delegates with a recommended slate for the CAC.
•    In the Southern Region a delegate has complained to his GC that groups of delegates were taken out of Conference by regional officials to meet Minister, Pat McFadden, who told then why they should not support the unions over the abolition of the opt out from the European Working Time Directive.
•    In the Eastern Region a delegate has complained to their CLP’s EC members that regional officials were lobbying delegates as to how they should vote.
•    In the North West Region a delegate has complained to his CLP Secretary that a regional official strongly recommended voting for the two so-called ‘moderate’ candidates for the NCC on the grounds that ‘there are easier to work with’.
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