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Friday, August 26, 2016

Could Labour's flagship conference be cancelled this year?

There are some who might suggest that a party that cannot even organise its own annual conference are not capable of running the country.

Fortunately, there is a professional civil service who are able to ensure that the wheels of government are able to keep running irrespective of who is in power.

Alas, that does not appear to be the case with the Labour Party, who seem determined to self-destruct at every level.

The Independent reports that the prospect of the Labour Party cancelling its annual conference has become ever more realistic after G4S turned down a last-minute offer to provide security.

G4S has apparently been present at the event for 20 years, but has recently been criticised by party figures, including Jeremy Corbyn, for various prison contracts and links to Israel.

As a result Labour found a replacement security company called Showsec, but they are in the middle of an industrial dispute with the party over union membership for its workers. There have been threats to form a picket line outside the conference entrance, which several Labour members have said they would refuse to cross.

Merseyside police re not willing to allow the event to go ahead without security, and that they are not in a position to provide it.

The prospect of Labour not having a conference at which it can announce the results of its leadership election looms ever larger.

You couldn't make it up.
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