September 6th, 2013

Karie Murphy Withdraws From Falkirk Selection

Karie Murphy has released a statement where she claims

Throughout the controversy surrounding what we consider to be the revitalisation work in Falkirk both Stevie Deans and myself have maintained that we have done nothing wrong, and that our union Unite has done nothing wrong. … our objective of getting ordinary members actively involved in a vibrant local party has been forgotten in the media coverage. … I have met with senior colleagues from both Unite and the Labour Party and have agreed that reconciliation and unity are paramount. It is therefore, with great sadness that I must withdraw my name from any consideration to be the Labour Party candidate for Falkirk…

She and Steve Deans have been “exonerated” by Labour and had their party membership restored. Wonder if Eric Joyce fancies another crack…

UPDATE:  Statement from the Labour Party:

The Labour Party began an internal process to examine the controversy surrounding the selection of a parliamentary candidate for Falkirk. At each step Labour’s general secretary and NEC have acted quickly to protect the interest of the party.Since Labour began its internal process key evidence has been withdrawn and further evidence provided by individuals concerned. Karie Murphy and Steve Deans, who were suspended, will now be reinstated as they have not been guilty of any wrongdoing. No organisation or individual has been found to have breached the rules as they stood at the time.The general secretary has determined that given these circumstances Labour should move to select its candidate for Falkirk West.These steps will enable Labour in Falkirk without further delay to choose a candidate and prepare for the general election.

Evidence has been withdrawn? Wonder who put the heavies on…


42 Comments

  1. 1
    Shapps=shitehawk says:

    The Labour Party are going to be whipped like a ginger haired stepchild in Falkirk. SNP win by at least 1600.

  2. 2
    Bruce says:

    “Wonder if Eric Joyce fancies another crack…” at who? he’s hit nearly everyone so far

  3. 6

    She will now stand for the newly funded Unite for Strength party

  4. 7
    Really!! says:

    Did they try and make the announcement when they thought Guido would be down the pub on a Friday afternoon???? Thank goodness for smartphones eh :-)

  5. 9
    PaedoFinder General says:

    ‘Both Stevie Deans and myself have maintained…’
    She deserves to be battered like a Mars Bar just for that clobbering of the language.

    • 28
      Labour Party Spokesperson says:

      Labour “acted quickly to protect the interest of the party”.
      PARTY FIRST, ME second, country a distant third.

      • 35
        Sick of the greed and lies(still) says:

        The BBC have put the story at the top of their UK section with a headline: Unite cleared in Vote-rigging row.
        It’s nice to see that they don’t just spin for Labour. Wait, um?

    • 40
      Cornish Pilchard says:

      She works for Watson .,…… its infectious

  6. 10
    Truth seeker says:

    On a different subject, it looks like the BBC Parliament Channel won’t be broadcasting the Select Committee session on Monday with Patten, Thompson et al. (not live, anyway.) Amazing, isn’t it. So we’ll have to watch it on Sky, won’t we? Because I can’t imagine the devious, disingenuous BBC allowing itself to be shown up for the troughers’ paradise it is for over 2 hours on BBC News 24.

    • 12
      Glanaman says:

      Of course they wont it shows them up for the troughing bastards they are. But every week there seems to be a different story about the BBC. Slowly but surely.

      • 29
        BBC Comrade in Chief. says:

        We are not showing the Select Committee sesion in the interests of balance and it might detrimentally infringe on the reputation of BBC personnel.
        Also Hodge the Dodge will not co-operate fully with us on this issue of biased and selective viewing.
        Instead we will be either showing an absolutely boring programme or a repeat of an utterly boring programme.

  7. 11
    Casual Observer says:

    O/T for this thread – but Labour are being fingered by US establishment foreign policy wonks now for their effect on US over !raq:

    http://www.foreignpolicy.com/articles/2013/09/05/keep_us_in_the_loop_syria_chemical_weapons_evidence

    Our friendly propagandist Alastair Campbell is firmly in the frame.

    They are not mentioning the more recent issues which affect US public opinion, such as Benghaz!. This is a very pro-establishment mag so does speak volumes about some aspects of current UK-US relations.

  8. 18
    Labour- New Genocide Party says:

    Good riddence to the pig in a wig.

    ” Wonder
    who put the heavies on…”

    Well McCluski and his millions of quid are influencing Labour!

  9. 20
    fearless Frank says:

    Great – now she will be free to enter the ‘Mrs and Mrs Ugly Britain’ contest with Len.
    If she’s a bloke I bet she works as a Clydeside docker.
    (OH, I forgot, they all shut down and Scotland is now jobless)
    She looks like she opens bottle tops with her snatch

  10. 21
    King Cnut says:

    The letter really is a dogs breakfast and is consistent with a deal having been done! Unite turning the screws with the help of the GMB, Labour withdrawing evidence and some cosmetic face saving stand downs.

  11. 23
    Eggy says:

    Are you ok with all this Len?

  12. 24
    My Candycock says:

    I fancy a crack. How old is she ?

  13. 25
    Eeyore says:

    “I was honoured to be persuaded to stand….”

    What pathetic drivel. If that’s an example of Jockistan’s finest, the sooner they punt off the better.

  14. 27
    Blowing Whistles says:

    The whole blathering statements are laced with key legalese words of Rhetoric Duplicity & Deception:

    “I have acted throughout in what I believe was in the interest of the party”

    Is there any real difference with the political mongrels / puppets around the world with their blathering’s and Words of Mass Deception (wmd’s) on the bigger world stage of Actors?

    Actors – Huh! do they Understand their Equity membership?

    • 30
      Only Saying says:

      Take it easy dear.
      It’s only dirty Liebor politics. The waves will wash it and them away soon.
      To think that they believe themselves leaders.

  15. 32
    Fed-up in Falkirk says:

    The stinks even more than the original story!

    Under Liebour some things never change…

  16. 33

    But is she still with lens lot?

  17. 34
    scunner says:

    Of course they had to because both sides were at it.
    Unite claims the Labour party was running a smear campaign and singling out Scottish Labour MPs, Jim Murphy and Douglas Alexander.
    It has also emerged that details of an internal investigation carried out by Labour, which was kept secret, have been leaked to Channel 4 news and reveals that others involved in the selection process may also have been recruiting new Labour party members.
    According to Channel 4 reporter, Michael Crick, one man said to have tried to recruit new members and who paid the fee of £130 himself was Gregory Poynton – himself a contender to replace Eric Joyce.
    Mr Crick also revealed that Poynton’s wife, Labour MP Gemma Doyle, is a member of Scottish Labour MP Jim Murphy’s Shadow Defence team. The Channel 4 reporter suggested the links to Murphy may have been part of the reason for the report remaining secret.
    Mr Crick wrote: “Why does Mr Poynton’s recruitment activity matter?
    “First because he’s married to Gemma Doyle, the young Scottish MP who is a member of Labour’s Commons defence team under Jim Murphy. And second, Mr Poynton is the London political director of the firm Blue State Digital, which has a contract to provide campaigning work for the Labour party.
    “With that, and all the allegations about Unite recruiting dozens of new members in Falkirk without their knowledge, and seemingly against the rules, no wonder Labour big-wigs decided to keep the Falkirk report secret.”

  18. 36
    Redwash says:

    Ed can now properly be called Red-act-Ed.

  19. 37
    Grammar Police says:

    She literally has not done nothing wrong.

  20. 38
    Cornish Pilchard says:

    So Unite is not guilty because they were all at it? Errr….Ed ….that ain’t how it works son.

  21. 39
    Cornish Pilchard says:

    Day 1 the GMB pull the plu

    Day 2 Labour stop the investigation and its kisses and cuddles with the Unions

    And Ed tells us that they aren’t in the Unions pockets. Yeah son!

  22. 41

    What a load of stenchers!
    Time for a man in a white suit to come forward.

  23. 42
    Ippikin says:

    It is interesting to note that the only reason Unite claim to have been exhonerated is because the ‘evidence’ has been withrawn.

    That does not mean they are exhonerated; it means they will no longer face these charges, which could well be interpreted as being ‘off the hook’.

    The questions that remain are:

    Did Unite enrol party members without their knowledge?
    If they did not, why have those individuals said they did and just why do they now say they did not?
    Why have they changed their evidence?

    Until that happens, we will all fall to the obvious conclusion won’t we?


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