Archive for December 23rd, 2010

Remember this post? Remember how Labour peer Lord Nazir Ahmed openly declared his support for Lutfur Rahman during October’s election campaign? This is what he said:

“I’m a Labour peer and for a Labour peer to come and support someone like Lutfur Rahman, I know that I could get into trouble, but…I’ve no hesitation in supporting Lutfur Rahman because he is the best candidate.”

Here’s the proof again:

Remember the Labour Party Rules? Chapter 2, Rule A(4)(b) states:

“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….”

Here’s what a Labour Party spokesman said at the time:

“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.”

And two months later, here’s the official outcome from Labour’s deliberations:

“The National Executive Committee considered a number of issues arising from the Tower Hamlets mayoral election. No further action on this issue is considered necessary at this time.”

No action on Ken Livingstone, no action on Lord Ahmed. If I were Lutfur and his gang of rebels, I’d be feeling fairly hopeful that the party door remains well and truly open. Maybe Labour needs to revise its rule book.

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