Karie Murphy withdraws from Falkirk selection

September 6, 2013 4:44 pm

Karie Murphy – the candidate in the Falkirk selection who was suspended by the party earlier this summer – has ruled herself out of the running for the seat. Paul Hutcheon of the Sunday Herald has just tweeted:

karie murphy

Update: Here’s Murphy’s statement:

Throughout the controversy surrounding what we consider to be the revitalisation work in Falkirk both Stevie Deans and myself have maintained that we have done nothing wrong, and that our union Unite has done nothing wrong.

The media attention on Falkirk has centred on candidate selection and, whilst having MPs who represent the values of ordinary working people is very important, our objective of getting ordinary members actively involved in a vibrant local party has been forgotten in the media coverage.

Developments in Falkirk have left me shocked and saddened but I have acted throughout in what I believe was in the interest of the Party. I have been sustained during this difficult period by my union, but most importantly, by the members in Falkirk who deserve the highest representation and support. I believe that my continued presence in the Falkirk arena detracts from achieving that goal.

Recently I have met with senior colleagues from both Unite and the Labour Party and have agreed that reconciliation and unity are paramount. It is therefore, with great sadness that i must withdraw my name from any consideration to be the Labour Party candidate for Falkirk. As an activist for 25 years, I was honoured to be persuaded to stand as a local MP, but there is only one decision to be made in the interest of progression.

 And here’s Labour’s statement – which confirms that both Karie Murphy and Steve Deans have been reinstated as Labour Party members as they have “not been guilty of any wrongdoing”:

The Labour Party began an internal process to examine the controversy surrounding the selection of a parliamentary candidate for Falkirk. At each step Labour’s general secretary and NEC have acted quickly to protect the interest of the party.

Since Labour began its internal process key evidence has been withdrawn and further evidence provided by individuals concerned. Karie Murphy and Steve Deans, who were suspended, will now be reinstated as they have not been guilty of any wrongdoing. No organisation or individual has been found to have breached the rules as they stood at the time.

The general secretary has determined that given these circumstances Labour should move to select its candidate for Falkirk West.

These steps will enable Labour in Falkirk without further delay to choose a candidate and prepare for the general election.

  • i_bid

    Well that’s the result the party clearly wanted. Shame.

  • wobble

    Key evidence being withdrawn is a bit ……key ……..isn’t it ?
    Perhaps the investigation should be investigated ! , so that lessons can be learnt …from the original lesson’s.

  • uglyfatbloke

    Evidence has been withdrawn…Does that mean the people who were signed up as members without being consulted have ceased to exist?

Latest

  • Featured 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 →
  • News New poll gives Labour 8 point lead in marginal seats

    New poll gives Labour 8 point lead in marginal seats

    There’s a new poll conducted by ComRes for ITN News out tonight – and it’s the latest to show that Labour is performing better in the marginals than in the national polls, with a lead of 8 points. That’s down from 11 points with the same pollster back in September though, with Labour falling backwards slightly in the past couple of months. The poll results are: Con                  31%        Lab                  39%  Lib Dem           7%  UKIP                18% Others              4% The poll also shows that: […]

    Read more →
  • Comment Jerusalem is on the verge of exploding and taking the  Middle East with it

    Jerusalem is on the verge of exploding and taking the Middle East with it

    Jerusalem seems to be a holy city standing on the edge of a holy war. “The Second Intafada (‘uprising’) started in Jerusalem. The third Intafada will also start in Jerusalem,” says Dr Husam Zomlot at a quiet dinner in Ramallah, in the West Bank, Palestine. Anger in the city of Jerusalem seems to be rising every day, and could erupt any day to engulf the entire Middle East. To understand why a city with tremendous religious significance for Christians, Jews […]

    Read more →
  • News Tory minister speaks out in opposition of her own Government’s proposed cuts

    Tory minister speaks out in opposition of her own Government’s proposed cuts

    Amber Rudd, minister for climate change, has become the most senior Tory to join opposition to the Government’s plans to cut money going to local welfare assistance. The scheme is in place to provide help to low-income families who face a sudden financial crisis, brought on by homelessness, domestic violence, flooding, illness or any other economic problems. However, the Coalition is proposing that they will get rid of the funds going to local welfare assistance by April. Although Rudd is […]

    Read more →