Yesterday brought the latest twist in the Falkirk selection saga, with the Sunday Times reporting that Grangemouth owner INEOS has handed 1000 emails to the police relating to Unite organiser Stevie Deans and his role in the Falkirk Labour selection. We revealed yesterday that party officials had yet to see the emails in question, but today it is being suggested that Miliband may re-open the inquiry, once the emails have been seen by the party. The Times(£) reports this morning:
“Ed Miliband could reopen the inquiry into allegations of vote-rigging in Falkirk, senior Labour figures indicated last night. They said the Labour leader is waiting to see e-mails reportedly sent from and to the union boss at the centre of the damaging row over the selection of a parliamentary candidate.”
Meanwhile, Scottish Labour leader Johann Lamont said last night:
“I haven’t seen the e-mails and, obviously, if there are serious allegations, they would need to be looked at. I am determined that the Labour Party is transparent.”
As has been the case throughout – much of the crucial information on what is alleged to have happened isn’t in the public domain – only a handful of people have seen the emails in question, and only a handful of people have seen the original Falkirk report produced by the party.