Falkirk CLP have elected a new CLP Chair at their AGM, as the constituency party looks to select a candidate that many within the party hope will allow them to move on from the ongoing row over the seat, and the previous selection process. Gray Allan, who succeeds former Grangemouth Unite convenor Stevie Deans as CLP Chair, told the BBC:
“On 8 December, in Falkirk, we will select a candidate to fight this seat for the next general election. The priority for us is to work to regain the trust of the people of Falkirk so that we can be confident of a victory in this constituency.
“To win the upcoming election, we need an organised and united party in Falkirk and we elected a team here this afternoon that would hopefully take that task forward.
“We have asked in the past that representatives of the party nationally help us in that work, and come and speak to party members here in Falkirk about what we’ve experienced.
“We’re delighted to be told that the party’s Scottish and UK general secretaries are prepared to come and meet with Labour Party members to discuss the situation we’re in and find a way forward. We understand that will take place after the selection of the candidate.”
Meanwhile, the Daily Mail have published their latest foray into the controversial selection today – claiming that Karie Murphy signed up her son to vote in Falkirk, despite living in Glasgow.