Labour candidates parachuted into Thurrock

Submitted by Matthew on 23 November, 2011 - 9:42

In “Refounding Labour”, one little-noticed clause deleted almost all the rulebook said about selection procedures for parliamentary candidates.

Now, in Thurrock, a marginal constituency in Essex, a small selection committee has completely bypassed all nomination procedures, and declared a shortlist of two (one an apparatchik from Ed Miliband’s office, both parachuted in without any connection to the local labour movement). Local Labour Party members get a say only in a vote-out between those two, on 3 December.

Labour Parties and affiliated unions round the country should bombard Labour HQ with protests.

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