Tories urge police to investigate two further Labour Party selections

8th July, 2013 11:55 am

Tags:

The Tories have urged police to investigate another two Labour Party selections, according to Sky News:

Tory vice-chairman Bob Neill wrote to Met Police chief Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe about allegations of potential fraud in Ilford North and Lewisham Deptford, both in Greater London.

Labour has already given evidence to police in Scotland relating to claims the Unite union tried to fix the result of a candidate selection in Falkirk by packing the constituency with members, whose subscriptions it paid.

Mr Neill described Falkirk as “the tip of the iceberg”, noting that a leaked Unite document suggested the union was getting involved in candidate choices for the 2015 general election in 41 seats across the country.

In his letter, he said: “I am concerned that this instance is just the tip of the iceberg, as Unite themselves admit they are targeting at least another 40 Labour Party parliamentary selections for similar treatment.

They go on to say that:

“he quoted allegations from a Labour London activist that the union was “bankrolling” a number of campaigns, including in Lewisham Deptford.”

The selection for Lewisham Deptford took place in May, with Vicky Foxcroft selected. The selection for Ilford North has yet to take place.

Update: Labour HQ have hit back at Neill, attacking this as a “silly political stunt” and arguing that they have no evidence of criminal behaviour in other selections. A Labour source told us:

“This is a silly political stunt. We have no evidence of possible criminal behaviour anywhere outside Falkirk. If Bob Neill has, he should produce it. If he has not, he should stop wasting police time.”

  • John Ruddy

    Lewisham Deptford is not a surprise, considering that over at ukpollingreport, there are comments suggesting that “Unite won it for Vicky”…

    • Mike Homfray

      Yes, but written by an active supporter of one of the other candidates, who is miffed that she came well down the pecking order.

      Foxcroft won with a huge majority. No evidence of increased membership. Clearly there were various groups lobbying for one person or another, but this is just sour grapes

      • John Ruddy

        My point is that if you have people moaning like that on public forums,it’s hardly a surprise, is it, when tories are sniffing around.

  • Andy Harvey

    Scandal! Labour Party affiliate wants to influence selections! Come on, this is getting ridiculous. The union link to the Labour Party is the most transparent in politics. In any case, signing up union members to the Labour Party is a good thing – we need a lot more and as long it is all done legally and above board (as it is) then should be heartily encouraged.

Latest

  • News Alan Johnson endorses Tessa Jowell’s mayoral bid

    Alan Johnson endorses Tessa Jowell’s mayoral bid

    Alan Johnson has given his public support to Tessa Jowell’s bid to become the Labour candidate for next year’s Mayor of London election. Although an MP in Hull, Johnson was born and raised in London – and his memoirs detailing growing up in impoverished 1950s West London have proved popular. Himself tipped to run for Labour mayoral candidacy in 2010, Johnson has penned an article for today’s Independent backing former Olympics Minister Jowell. He writes: “The Tories are terrified of […]

    Read more →
  • News Video Chuka Umunna says it’s not “impossible” but “quite unlikely” he’d stand to be leader in the future

    Chuka Umunna says it’s not “impossible” but “quite unlikely” he’d stand to be leader in the future

    Chuka Umunna was one of the people to put his name forward to be Labour leader following the party’s election defeat earlier this month. However, three days after he said he was standing, he announced he was dropping out of the race. Umunna cited that pressure from the press both on himself and his family and loved ones was the reason for this decision. Many have speculated that the Shadow Business Secretary – who is only 36 – might consider […]

    Read more →
  • News Caroline Flint to launch #ReachOut campaign as part of her deputy leadership bid

    Caroline Flint to launch #ReachOut campaign as part of her deputy leadership bid

    Caroline Flint will today launch a campaign  – entitled #ReachOut – as part of her bid for deputy leader. Flint announced she’d be standing a couple of weeks ago on Radio4 . She has said that the aim of this campaign is to ask Labour Party members and supporters to be why Labour lost and what they think the party need to do to change. She’s also asked these people to speak to friends, family and others they know who might […]

    Read more →
  • Comment Featured The person I want to vote for has a vision of what Labour is working for, not just what we’re working against

    The person I want to vote for has a vision of what Labour is working for, not just what we’re working against

    I want to vote for the person who doesn’t just focus on what we’re working against, but has a compelling vision of what the Labour Party is working for. The person who is willing to talk about how we can inspire happiness, kindness and hope in all too many communities that have been left behind. The person who doesn’t only see that too many people and places got a raw deal in the past, but offers an optimistic vision for […]

    Read more →
  • Comment Unite believes in fighting the battle of ideas

    Unite believes in fighting the battle of ideas

    Richard Angell recalls the moves a couple of years ago to have Progress, the organisation he directs, excluded from the Labour Party.  Ungenerously, he omits to record that Len McCluskey spoke out, on behalf of Unite, against any such proposal.  That is because our union believes in debate and in fighting the battle of ideas, rather than solving differences through bans and anathemas. Clearly, Richard is not overwhelmed by gratitude, since he singles Unite and its General Secretary out for […]

    Read more →
Share with your friends










Submit