Would-be Labour candidate attacks Unite’s “autocratic monopoly” and role in Lewisham and Haringey selections

Last night a would-be Labour Parliamentary candidate, who contested the Hornsey & Wood Green selection, hit out on Twitter at the “autocratic monopoly” produced by Unite’s influence on selections. Mandy Richards singled out selections in Hornsey & Wood Green and Lewisham, arguing that they have not been getting the media attention they deserve and that Unite’s influence is blocking a “progressive Labour agenda”.

Twitter - Mandy4PPC_2015- complaint about Unite

Twitter - Mandy4PPC_2015- Unite autrocratic monopoly

In Hornsey & Wood Green the selection was won by Unite member Catherine West, who was personally congratulated by Unite’s Len McCluskey on her selection and is a member of Unite herself.

Unite has also been a consistent large donor to the Hornsey & Wood Green Labour party over the last decade, exceeded that of any individual or business in the list of donations declared to the Electoral Commission and also donating more than any other trade union.

Disputes over the power of unions are nothing new to the local Labour Party. Hornsey Labour Party Chair Adam Jogee complained in 2010 that, “Ed [Miliband] has trashed our record to appease the unions”.

* Mark Pack has written 101 Ways To Win An Election and produces a monthly newsletter about the Liberal Democrats.

Read more by or more about , , , , or .
This entry was posted in News.
Bookmark the web address for this page or use the short url http://ldv.org.uk/35209 for Twitter and emails.

One Comment

  • Catherine West was one of that individuals identified for personal support by Unite. Their political officer says that all that can be seen of this support on the surface is indication of support whilst “below the water activity is furious”

Post a Comment

Lib Dem Voice welcomes comments from everyone but we ask you to be polite, to be on topic and to be who you say you are. You can read our comments policy in full here. Please respect it and all readers of the site.

If you are a member of the party, you can have the Lib Dem Logo appear next to your comments to show this. You must be registered for our forum and can then login on this public site with the same username and password.

Your email is never published. Required fields are marked *

*
*
Please complete the name of this site, Liberal Democrat ...?




Recent Comments

  • User AvatarSteveL 21st Aug - 12:36am
    The Thames used to freeze over. It stopped doing so long before human influences on climate change. There are points in recorded history when Britain...
  • User AvatarDeborah Newton-Cook 21st Aug - 12:01am
    I agree with both firstly, Andi Ali, and also Matthew Huntchback. CR deserves an apology. I hope that he will not be ostracised in our...
  • User AvatarDavid Allen 20th Aug - 11:54pm
    It's funny, isn't it. Pick any academic field you like - dyslexia, First World war, GM crops, whatever - and there are a host of...
  • User AvatarPeter 20th Aug - 11:44pm
    JoeBourke If I may, some final comments from me on this debate. Thank you for your courteous contributions. I suspect you have some connection with...
  • User AvatarJohn Dunn 20th Aug - 11:41pm
    tonyhill writes: "I can’t see that UKIP stands a chance of developing a set of practical policies that can satisfy its ideologically incoherent supporters." That...
  • User AvatarGordon McFadden 20th Aug - 11:32pm
    The article still presumes guilt, ignores the outcomes of numerous investigations. Requesting Lord Rennard to consider his position within the Party is bang out of...