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The Manchester Gorton By-Election

The long-serving Labour MP, Gerald Kaufman, died last night, aged 86. His death has prompted yet another by-election. As sure as night follows day, the Blairites and assorted plotters will be looking to sabotage this election or impose an anti-Corbyn candidate on the constituency.

The selection process is usually the responsibility of the Constituency Labour Party (CLP), but Manchester Gorton was suspended last year for alleged bullying. The Manchester Evening News reported:

Police have been called in by the Manchester Gorton Labour party amid fears for the safety of members – following claims of bullying, intimidation and voting impropriety.

MP Sir Gerald Kaufman’s riven constituency party has now been suspended by party headquarters after reports of abusive behaviour by local members.

According to a letter from Labour head office, the CLP is now in discussions with Greater Manchester Police after members raised concerns over their safety.

If this sounds familiar to you, then cast your mind back to July last year, when the Wallasey CLP was suspended on trumped up charges of intimidation.

With Manchester Gorton CLP suspended, the job of selecting a candidate will fall to the Iain McNicol-controlled National Executive Committee (NEC), which will undoubtedly impose a candidate on the constituency. This is what happened at Stoke-on-Trent Central with Tristram Hunt and the St Helens South constituency with Shaun Woodward.

The NEC is quite happy to suspend CLPs that are accused of bullying and Labour members on hokey charges of anti-Semitism. But the NEC’s actions are selective. Recently, Ella Rose, a member of the Jewish Labour Movement and former employee of the Israeli Embassy, threatened violence against Jackie Walker. Nothing happened. Rose is still a member of the party. It makes you think. No?

UPDATE 28/2/17 @ 1125

The Cat understands that Manchester Gorton CLP is no longer suspended but has yet to hold an AGM. This means that Lavrenty Beria Iain McNichol can still impose a candidate on the CLP.

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Life on Gilligan’s Island (Part 10)

Yesterday, BBC London News went with this story about Ken Livingstone allegedly campaigning for Lutfur Rahman who was recently dumped as Labour’s mayoral candidate for Tower Hamlets by the NEC (who appear to have been nobbled by our old pal, Kennite). Livingstone has said that he is trying to get Rahman and the 8 councillors that were expelled for supporting him reinstated in the Labour Party.

Mr Livingstone said Labour had made “a big mistake” in removing Mr Rahman as its candidate.

“It took five years to put the Labour Party back together after George Galloway defeated Oona King down here,” the ex-mayor said.

“All that was blown away in a moment of madness by Labour’s NEC.”

Of course that is what Ken says. But according to Labour Party rules a party member who campaigns for another political party is automatically expelled from the party. Labour have, thus far, refused to comment. But this is the sort of stuff that Kennite can transform into gold; it’s a boost for his master’s campaign.

We know Gilligan is Boris Johnson’s cheerleader. We also know that Gilligan spends much of his time slinging mud at people he’s taken a dislike to. Yesterday he said,

He appeared in Brick Lane to support the fundamentalist sympathiser Lutfur Rahman, who was sacked as Labour candidate for mayor of Tower Hamlets last month because of deep concerns about his links with Islamic fundamentalism and with a group ofpowerful local businessmen (one of whom, Shiraj Haque, is standing next to Ken in some of the pictures of today’s event.)

Again, he repeats the accusation that Rahman is an “Islamic fundamentalist” when he has no evidence to support the claim. This blogger has also noticed Kennite’s bizarre obsessions. Friendlylefty also makes the very valid point that Kennite has been attracting the comments of racists. Here’s a typical comment that was made on 16 October, this commenter calls himself “monkey for sale”

The sound of Islamofascists/illegal muslim immigrants being rounded up and kicked out of the country needs to be heard.
We heard from you muslims on the 7/7 in London , that was loud and clear enough for me.
If you don’t want to live in a civilised democratic country then I suggest that you go home.Go home to the country that your parents or grandparents fled from.

Here’s another from the same commenter,

If you are so fond of Islamofascist preachers why not go, move you and your family , to an Islamic country ?

Islam is a filth . We here in the UK need a Geert Wilders .

If Gilligan isn’t a racist, then why does he allow comments like this to go unmoderated? I have seen other comments that have been deleted but those comments are critical of Kennite and his style of ‘journalism’. By the way, Geert Wilders is someone this country could do without; we have enough racist nutters in this country and we don’t need any more.

Kennite also had this to say,

Ken’s enthusiastic embrace of Islamism, of Yusuf al-Qaradawi (who has justified rape and suicide bombing) and his racial insults towards Jews did him real damage in 2008. His backing for Lutfur will revive all those concerns. If Boris’s ruthless Australian campaign team handles this properly, it could be worth a lot to them.

Eh? Where is your evidence that Livingstone has “embraced Islamism”? As for “racial insults towards Jews” doing him “real damage in 2008”, I wonder who had a hand in that? I also wonder how much Kennite knows about WWII, the concentration camps and the political position of the Rothermere press circa 1933?

Today’s blog has the headline “Ken Livingstone fights the cuts from a sunlounger”.  I wonder if Kennite can tell me how many original ideas his boss has produced since he has been mayor Emperor of London? I can tell him in one word: none.

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Life on Gilligan’s Island (Part 6) or It Was Gillie Wot Won It!

Here’s a question: when is a connection not a connection? Answer: when the connection is made by Andrew Gilligan. In a recent blog for the Daily Telegraph for which he gives the sensationalist headline “Luthfur Rahman: Islamic fundamentalism’s Dave Nellist moment“, he says

Back in the 1980s, Labour knew it had beaten Militant when its sympathisers left the party and stood separately in elections under their own label. They could then be easily and quickly thrown out: the one universally-accepted ground for expulsion from the Labour Party is fighting against a Labour candidate.

Labour. Militant. 1980’s.  But no mention of Dave Nellist there. Let’s move on.

The decision by eight of Tower Hamlets’ Labour councillors to appear at a press conference backing the sacked fundamentalist-linked politician, Lutfur Rahman, in his Independent bid to become the borough’s directly elected mayor could be a similar moment. The eight are Oli Rahman, Lutfa Begum, Rania Khan, Alibor Choudhury, Ohid Ahmed, Aminur Khan, Rabina Khan, and Shelina Aktar.

Still no mention of Nellist. What’s going on here?  Besides where is this connection to Militant and why mention Dave Nellist at all?  Nellist was a very good Labour MP who supported Militant but took only a worker’s wage when he was in the Commons…unlike many of today’s crop of MPs who all have their snouts in the trough. So there are loads of Bangladeshi sounding names in that paragraph, but is there a connection? Only if you look really hard and then try to imagine one. There is no connection between Militant, Dave Nellist, Tower Hamlets Council, the East London Mosque, Hizb ut Tahrir, The Blind Beggar Pub, Luthfur Rahman, Gyles Brandreth, my piles and the Tooth Fairy but I’ll bet Gillie could find one. Then Gilligan says,

Not all of these people are fundamentalist sympathisers – Oli Rahman, for instance

Well, hey, thanks for sharing that with us,. Are you sure Oli Rahman isn’t one of those fundies too? He shares the same surname…surely that’s good enough for you, Mr Gilligan?  But he continues to bang on about the Islamic Forum of Europe which he labels as a “hardline Muslim supremacist group” and if by the very act of repeating those words, hopes it will magically become true.

On the 16th, 17th, 21st (two blogs), 22nd and 23rd of this month Gilligan churned out blog after blog about Luthfur Rahman, Labour’s erstwhile mayoral candidate for Tower Hamlets. It seems to me that there has been a concerted effort on the part of Gilligan to influence the selection process. For if you look at his blogs over the course of a month or so, one finds that they are either about Luthfur Rahman or his nemesis, Ken Livingstone. But is Luthfur Rahman really somebody to fear? I hear that he’s just a typical local politician trying to carve out a bit of territory for himself. He’s a bit like all the others in any local authority anywhere in the country.  According to our Andy, Rahman’s a hardline Islamist who is a member of the ”extreme’ East London Mosque and the even more ‘extreme’ Islamic Council of Europe. But Rahman’s been sacked as a Labour candidate…all thanks to our protector, Andrew Gilligan. But to Gilligan’s disgust, Rahman is standing as an independent.

Nowhere Towers is concerned that Gilligan may have taken it upon himself to interfere in the selection process of the Tower Hamlets Labour party. He dismisses the notes of one member of the NEC as written from a “far-left perspective”. Why? Because they contradict your own version of events? Or because it isn’t your idea of the truth? Which is it? If you scroll done this blog and find Keith Vaz’s first comment, you’ll see,

I gave Andrew Gilligan a job as an intern 20 years ago. He was dismissed because he had forged references for his CV. The last time this matter went to court, it cost us £70 thousand, and we were advised by the same solicitors who have given this legal opinion.

And Gilligan’s in fighting mood according to Guido

“It’s completely untrue and actionable. I was never employed by Vaz – I did a few weeks’ work experience with him in 1987 – and I never submitted either a CV or references, forged or otherwise. Running it would be outrageous”.

I look forward to the forthcoming slander case.

Just to finish here’s one that Gilligan made up earlier about Ken Livingstone. “I like Boris”, he gushes, “Boris is reasonably assured of victory”. I think Gillie’s getting a little ahead of himself. I’d like to say I hope Ken wins and wipes the smile off his face but if Livingstone’s last term was anything to go by then we can expect Gilligan to keep up his smear campaign. The Torygraph has deep, deep pockets.

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