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Friday, May 20, 2005

Labour lay down the law

It appears that the Labour Party are going to go-ahead and expel up to 20 Blaenau Gwent members for supporting Peter Law in the General Election. They are doing so at a time when Peter's vote could ensure that they face defeat in the Assembly on top-up fees and when he himself has indicated that he is prepared to consider coming back to the Labour Party. Even Ken Livingstone's supporters did not suffer this fate.

It is possible of course that Wales Labour are students of the Genghis Khan school of diplomacy or just that they are so arrogant that they are past caring about the consequences. Whatever the reason their actions suit the opposition parties in the Assembly, who may now be able to pick off the Government on issues of our choosing.
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"It appears that the Labour Party are going to go-ahead and expel up to 20 Blaenau Gwent members".

No Peter, another inaccuracy, they auto-expelled themselves.

Out of interest, how well did the Lib Dems do in Blaenau Gwent?
 
Just looking David the Lib Dem vote went down by 5%. Almost as bad as your 40% fall- 72% to 32% in 4 years!
 
Welsh Labour is abiding by the rules of the Labour party, which are:

Chapter 2 of the Labour party rule book, section 2A.4, sub section (a) states “a member of the party who stands for election, subscribes to a nomination paper of or acts as the election agent to a person standing for election, in opposition to a duly endorsed Labour candidate, shall automatically be ineligible to be or remain a party member.

Section 2A.4, sub section (b) states that “a member of the party who joins and/or supports a political organisation other than an official Labour group or unit of the party, publicly declares their intent to stand against a duly endorsed labour candidate, shall automatically be ineligible to be or remain a party member.

Therefore, Peter Law was expelled by breaking rule 2A.1 (a) and the 20 members who have been expelled by breaking rule 2A.1 (b).

The rules are clear, and are not open to interpretation. Peter Law and his supporters would (I presume) have known what the rules were, and Welsh Labour is now acting in accordance with those rules by taking the disciplinary action.
 
if you want to have a debate about rules lets have a debate about rules, whats that law about sexual discrimination? "a person may not be refused employment on the basis of sex, sexuality, race, ethnic origin, religion or any other factor" (or something like that) lets face it labour perpertraited a criminal offence by choosing women only labour should be in the dock. how political parties remain above the law is beyond me!
 
Well the political parties are allowed, in law, to use affirmative action in order to promote sections of society underrepresented in the House.

What's more it's relevant anyway; these people aren't being expelled for disagreeing with an all-women shortlist, they are being expelled for standing against the official Labour candidate.
 
Or to be strictly accurate, signing the nomination papers of a candidate standing against the official Labour candidate.

Does the Liberal Democrat Party allow its members to do this without any comeback?
 
I think that the Liberal Democrats (there is no Liberal Democrat Party) uses its discretion.
 
Peter well done for using puns do you want to work in tabloid press?
 
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