Labour party activist Stuart Madewell last night made the following cryptic comment on this blog:
…The real story you should be following is why Rushnara objected to Lutfur and what more is involved in that. If your half the journalist you claim to be you’ll follow that story and find a surprising answer.
Clue: who’s working on EdM campaign?
From Christine Shawcroft’s revealing account of yesterday’s meeting of the Labour NEC, we already know that Bethnal Green and Bow MP Rushanara Ali had raised serious concerns to Harriet Harman about the selection of Lutfur Rahman as candidate for Tower Hamlets mayor. There were worries that she and Jim Fitzpatrick were vulnerable to a Lutfur-inspired purge by the borough’s two constituency parties.
Rushanara had defeated Lutfur to be Labour’s choice as parliamentary candidate back in 2007 and it was generally known in Tower Hamlets that he had not taken it well. Apparently, he failed to publicly back her in May and some in her camp believed he even worked against her.
Her camp included Marcus Roberts, who was her campaign manager. He is now one of the senior organisers of Ed Miliband’s leadership campaign – his Field Director, no less.
I suspect that the Madewell theory goes something like this:
- both Rushanara and Roberts lobbied Ed M to do something. (Rushanara is friendly with Ed, but opted for brother David in the current contest.)
- NEC member and Mr Harriet Harman Jack Dromey is a prominent Ed M supporter. Shawcroft’s account reveals Dromey was pro-Abbas.
- Ed Miliband had to keep his hands clean….he could hardly be espousing the great democracy of the Labour party in his own contest, while at the same time helping to void an election and impose a candidate elsewhere.
There is of course another Miliband connection….Jim Fitzpatrick. He’s one of the leading organisers of David’s campaign and tipped to become Shadow Chief Whip if he wins. Jim’s concerns about Lutfur and his supporters are well known.