When Lutfur Rahman decided to stand against the official Labour candidate for mayor, he was very swiftly expelled from the party.
When eight of his fellow Labour councillors then declared their support for the renegade, party rules were again swiftly executed.
Harry’s Place reports that the rules are these:
The Labour Party Rules, Chapter 2, Rule A (4) (b).
“A member of the party who joins and/or supports a political organisation other than an official Labour group or other unit of the party, or supports any candidate who stands against an official Labour candidate, or publicly declares their intent to stand against a Labour candidate, shall automatically be ineligible to be or remain a party member….”
So given that the Labour party is aware of this post of mine yesterday in which Labour peer Lord Nazir Ahmed openly declares his support for Lutfur, surely they’d take similar action.
Here’s the statement I’ve just been sent from Labour HQ:
A Labour Party spokesperson, said: “Our focus is getting Labour’s excellent candidate Helal Abbas elected as Tower Hamlets’ Mayor. We will look into the allegations made in due course after the election.”
Talking about ducking the issue. What is there to investigate? The video only takes a couple of minutes to watch. I’ve just asked the Labour press office why it is applying one rule to the town hall and another to the House of Lords.
Watch this space…