Murphy says Unite “well and truly overstepped the mark” in Falkirk West

3rd July, 2013 11:13 am

Speaking to BBC News this morning, Shadow Defence Secretary Jim Murphy said:

“Something had gone really badly wrong in Falkirk when it came to the selection of the Labour candidate. I don’t blame the people locally – there’s clearly been some external interference. And while trade unions are an important part of a society and our politics, there seems to be one trade union in particular that’s well and truly overstepped the mark. It’s clear that Unite don’t run the Labour party; Ed Miliband does. And we should never confuse those two things.”

Murphy has been one of few Shadow Cabinet members who have spoken publicly on events in Falkirk West, tweeting last week:

Labour Party has made the right but unavoidable decision on Falkirk selection. Would rather it hadn’t come to this.

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  • Daniel Speight

    I would rather Jim Murphy* left parliament and for just once in his life got a real job. Give 5 years Jim and then come back and look for a seat if you wish.

    *Such a shining example of all that is wrong with today’s PLP.

    • JohnPReid

      Doesn’t dilute the fact that Murphys right about Falkirk though, does it,

    • Mike Homfray

      Absolutely right Daniel. He really isn’t up to the job. Spoke at a recent public meeting where he simply couldn’t cope with the questions and ended up snapping like a petulant five year old. An absolute embarrassment who should ‘be deselected

  • Mike Homfray

    Actually looks as if paying for members has been going on a good deal longer and it’s not Unite who are the culprits. Step forward Not Labour entryists Progress. Time to resurrect that GMB resolution.

    • JohnPReid

      Progress would be entryist s if they. Just joined the Labour Party in 1987′ remind me who was it who left labour in 2003 to rejoin in 2007 , oh that would be you wouldn’t it

      • Alex Otley

        I didn’t know that people who leave the party or whose membership lapses are barred from rejoining. God forbid people who were expelled, I guess Nye Bevan was an entryist too?

        • JohnPReid

          He wasnt expelled he had the whip withdrawn, I didn’t say that leaving rejoining was entryist, I was talking about loyalty,when others who left, the rejoin trying to get us to swing another way, make up stuff about progress being entryist

          • Alex Otley

            Either you have a problem with people leaving and rejoining or you don’t John. You can’t have it both ways and attack somebody over it just because you don’t like them.

          • JohnPReid

            It was their lack of loyalty ,I was pointing out, I’d criticise Dan hodges for voting for Boris and labour for the assembly at the. 2012 mayoral election too,

  • Michael Carey

    Did anyone else see Michael Crick’s series of tweets on the issue? Apparently the one signing up a number of members on a single cheque wasn’t to do with Unite, but the husband of a frontbencher in Murphy’s defence team… Has Jim Murphy seen the report and does it pin the blame on Unite? Or is this diversionary hot air?

  • Steven Rielly

    It is a crying shame that a true man of the people in Eric Joyce had to quit. Other politicians (who have never even scuffed a fingernail doing “work”) get away with every transgression under the sun.

    Eric did not do sound bites. He listened and acted. A true man of the people.
    Funny how him, as being a true Labour man, was shunned by his multi millionaire “compatriots”.

    I’m off to re read a communist manuscript.

    Animal Farm… written by a commy…

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