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Saturday, 15 December 2012 12:05

Peter Willsman’s reading of Banana Republic UK? by Sam Buckley, published in 2011, prompted another look at the parliamentary selection scandal and subsequent cover up in Erith & Thamesmead in 2009.

As well as covering covers vote rigging, fraud and error in British elections since 2001, this book has a section on “vote rigging in internal party elections”, which covers the Labour’s internal contests between Ken Livingstone and Frank Dobson to be London’s mayoral candidate, and between Rhodri Morgan and Alun Michael to be Labour’s leader in Wales, as well as the notorious case of the selection of Labour’s Parliamentary candidate for Erith and Thamesmead in 2009.

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Report exposes 'Progress' Print E-mail
Friday, 24 February 2012 10:23

A report has been published this month on Labour's right-wing 'Progress' organisation.

The heavily funded organisation campaigns for the Labour Party to tie itself to a Blairite policy framework.

It supported David Miliband for the party Leader and Oona King for London Mayoral candidate.

It puts its resources behind the right-wing slate of candidates for election to the NEC and NPF.

The report can be found here

 
Conference 2011 Shenanigans Print E-mail
Thursday, 29 September 2011 11:02

Shenanigans
Sunday at a Regional Briefing, delegates were treated to another dose of ‘liaison’ or the dodgy and illegitimate practice of telling delegates how to vote. The Regional Director started off by advising support for Refounding Labour and the rushed omnibus rule changes that went with it. Then a Peer, no less, told delegates which subjects to support in the priorities ballot and, yes, you’ve guessed it, they were the four selected by the Unions, which of course were automatically on the agenda. For CLPs to vote for these would be a waste of a vote. Surprise, surprise, the platform failed to explain this very pertinent point. Opposition to the blatant steer was made very unwelcome by the officials, who seem to have been closely watching the dissidents ever since.

27 September 2011
 
 

Conference session Chairs – political bias?
Tight elections for the six CLP seats on the NEC are due in 2012. Surprise, surprise: the sole CLP representative whose profile is being boosted by chairing a Conference session is the very one who only just scraped onto the NEC from the right-wing slate last time. Conference has the right to expect the selection of chairs to be non-partisan. Centre-left NEC members from the alternative slate should also be chairing Conference. They all have larger mandates from the membership than Luke Akehurst, who is well known for his strident support for the invasion of Iraq and is allegedly the joint secretary of the hard-right (and shadowy) organisation, Labour First. The latter organisation puts together the right-wing slate. Luke Akehurst controversially opposes party officials acting in a politically neutral way. He believes they ‘should give the left a kicking’. Unfortunately some officials seem to agree with this.

28 September 2011
 
 

More Shenanigans
Yesterday morning (Weds 28th) we were told by the platform that our Party officials are very trustworthy and would never depart from their conditions of employment . These lay down that paid officials must always act as impartial party servants. Almost at that very moment there was a vote to accept the CAC report. Of course only accredited delegates have the right to vote. But in at least one region the employed regional official sitting at the end of the row put his hand up to support the platform and vote in favour of the CAC Report.

29 September 2011


Reproduced from Campaign Briefing - Published daily at Labour Party Conference and on line at www.clpd.org.uk
 

 

 

 
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