Walk out at Rotherham selection

November 13, 2012 8:13 pm

We heard rumours of a walk out at the Rotherham selection earlier this evening – and local BBC journalists appear to have confirmed it. BBC Yorkshire political Editor Len Tingle tweeted:

 Update: A Labour source contacted us to say:

“The meeting is continuing and will pick a candidate. People are entitled to their views but we need a clean break with the past.”

That quote echoes how the selection was referred to by a Labour source last night.

  • george.alexan

    Would it be wrong to assume that Ms Champion is yet another Progress candidate, judging by the congratulations on Twitter?

  • Rotherham Member

    I was at the meeting. The CLP were outraged at not being given any information about the short listing process. The walkout happened after being told by John Heley that the NEC would choose a candidate if the CLP did not!

  • AlanGiles

    One nation, two candidates, neither of whom seem to be entirely acceptable to the people of the constituency, but hard luck they are going to have to have one or the other.

    I cannot believe that Labour is so devoid of talent or willing candidates that the best they can do is come up with only a brace of names. The same thing happened in Norwich, didn’t it?

  • george.alexan

    Progress strikes again!

  • franwhi

    it’s the old parachute tactic again.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Mike-Homfray/510980099 Mike Homfray

    Simply unacceptable.

    If the candidate ‘selected’ has an ounce of integrity she will step down and call for the selection process to be run again – properly

  • Chrisso
  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Mike-Homfray/510980099 Mike Homfray

    That would not surprise me. I hope the people of Rotherham react in a sensible and constructive way, to return am MP with the confidence of the local Labour party

  • Pingback: By-Election Special: Rotherham()

  • Chrisso

    More on the opposition Labour faces at Rotherham from Respect, at:
    http://www.leftfootforward.org/2012/11/yvonne-ridley-respect-rotherham-hamas/

  • Pingback: Another take – blaming it on link to MacShane? | Rotherham Politics()

Latest

  • Comment Labour can be the party to tackle the climate crisis

    Labour can be the party to tackle the climate crisis

    A week ago today, a little article in the Evening Standard did the rounds in which Green leader Natalie Bennett received quite the monstering for travelling around Europe by train because she is opposed to flying on principle. “I haven’t flown for seven or eight years,” she said. “I quite like train travel because you can work on a train and I sleep very well on them. I would do it again.” One of Bennett’s detractors was Labour MP John […]

    Read more →
  • Featured “Absurd”: Labour react to East Coast railway sell off

    “Absurd”: Labour react to East Coast railway sell off

    Labour have reacted angrily to the news this morning that the rights to run the East Coast Main Line, which is currently run by a public operator, has been won by a consortium of Virgin and Stagecoach. The franchise has been in public hands with East Coast since 2009, after then operator National Express ran into financial trouble, and has since returned £800 million to the public purse. However, under current rules, East Coast could not bid for the franchise as […]

    Read more →
  • Comment Ukip: this rhetoric has repercussions

    Ukip: this rhetoric has repercussions

    Yesterday, I witnessed a horrible act of racism. At a bus stop, a well dressed and well spoken man started literally screaming in the faces of a family of tourists how much he hated foreigners, how they were freeloaders and how they should go back where they came from. It was horrible. I haven’t seen anything like it in a very, very long time – and certainly not in London. I felt like I had stepped back in time to […]

    Read more →
  • Featured News Labour will move civil service jobs out of London

    Labour will move civil service jobs out of London

    Tonight, Ed Balls will give a speech in Birmingham where he’ll explain that the as part of a next Labour government’s devolution agenda they would move more civil service jobs outside London and transfer more powers over the economy and funding to city and county regions. This comes ahead of the publication of Labour’s second interim report Labour’s Zero-Based Review tomorrow. This is part of Labour’s efforts to account for how money is spent in the UK – to analyse […]

    Read more →
  • News Labour MPs get behind Social Care campaign

    Labour MPs get behind Social Care campaign

    A Month ago I wrote a piece attacking the scandal of the care workers who don’t receive the minimum wage. It followed an EDM from Labour MP Dave Anderson (himself a former care worker) that called for tough action to be taken against those who are responsible and ensuring that those who care for many of our most vulnerable citizens get the minimum wage (obviously they should be paid more, but the minimum wage should be the absolute legal floor as things […]

    Read more →