Labor accused of violating rules in Wakefield candidate selection – LaborList


Labor has been accused of breaching its own rules for managing the election of parliamentary candidates by limiting the number of local representatives allowed to take part in the shortlist for the Wakefield selection process. labor list can reveal.

In an email seen by labor listthe regional director of the North West Labor Party can be seen telling a member of the Wakefield constituency Labor Party (CLP) executive that “there is a place available for the CLP on the panel to decide on the long list and the short list ” in the candidate selection process.

In an answer also seen by labor listthe local executive argued that the instruction breached a recent change in party rules, but agreed to send only one representative.

According to a rule change approved at the annual labor conference in 2021, a five-person panel, including local party representatives, should pre-select when there is no time for a normal process, for example in the case of a by-election.

The panel must be composed of: three representatives of the local party, appointed by the local executive committee; a representative of the regional executive committee, designated by the president and vice-presidents of the CEI; and a member of the national executive committee. An NEC source heard that despite inquiring from members of the party’s national governing body, they were not told who else was on the panel.

Wakefield’s selection process has been ongoing for the past week. Applications to stand as a Labor candidate in the upcoming by-election triggered by the resignation of disgraced former Conservative MP Imran Ahmad Khan closed on Monday.

labor list understands that the selection panel was made up of three NEC members, one REC member and one CLP representative in accordance with procedural guidance issued by NEC in October 2021 and other recent partial selections: Old Bexley and Sidcup, North Shropshire and Erdington.

Labor determined late last year that the Momentum-backed rule change approved at the conference was “inexpertly drafted” and requires NEC guidance to clarify. According to a statement from NEC officials, the new guidance states:

“provided that the legal timetable for the nomination of candidates allows it, the CLPs and the regional executive committee have a voice in the pre-selection process, and the final selection goes to a vote of all members”

impulse said this morning: “The labor conference agreed on a rule and the management has repeatedly overturned it. This has led to the blocking of all local candidates. This is the opposite of what Starmer promised in his leadership campaign. He is dishonest and undemocratic.”

Labor narrowed the candidates on Wednesday to a long list of four: Kate Dearden, Simon Lightwood, Sam Howarth and Rachael Kenningham. Dearden and Lightwood, neither of whom live in the constituency, were shortlisted Thursday. Both are due to take part in an election campaign on Sunday, after which members will vote.

Lightwood is an NHS worker, a member of the Labor Party’s national policy forum and a member of the Yorkshire Labor Party’s regional board. He was also a member of the staff of Wakefield’s former Labor MP, Mary Creagh. Dearden works for the union community.

said a Labor spokesman labor list: “We are very pleased to have two fantastic candidates on the short list with strong connections to the local community.

“On Sunday, local members will make the final decision on a candidate who will be a strong supporter of Wakefield and represent a fresh start against a backdrop of Tory failure. The Conservatives have badly let Wakefield down, and our aim is to win the by-election and ensure the local people of Wakefield get the representation and hard-working MP they deserve.”

The leader’s office was concerned about some of Hemingway’s social media posts, but the party’s national leadership was accused of blocking pro-Jeremy Corbyn candidate and local council deputy leader.

In a now-deleted post from 2018, Hemingway wrote that adopting the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance’s (IHRA) definition of antisemitism would be “disastrous.” In another, he called for the former party leader to rejoin shortly beforehand. Corbyn was reinstated.

“I am a committed anti-racist and I believe that anti-Semitism is a scourge that must be eradicated,” Hemingway said. The HuffPost UK. “I never hid the fact that I supported Jeremy Corbyn as leader and voted for Rebecca Long-Bailey to be MP… but I have always respected Keir’s right to lead the party.”

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