A blog by Luke Akehurst about politics, elections, and the Labour Party - With subtitles for the Hard of Left. Just for the record: all the views expressed here are entirely personal and do not necessarily represent the positions of any organisations I am a member of.

Thursday, October 04, 2007

Don't believe everything you read on LabourHome

Top topic for gossip amongst Labour hacks this week has been what process might happen with selections if there is an early election.


The story has changed about three times, but Alex Hilton over at LabourHome has decided to go for it with his analysis here:


http://www.labourhome.org/story/2007/10/4/125959/866


Unfortunately Alex's story - although I believe the thrust of it is correct that the NEC will shortlist and then there will be all member hustings votes in winnable seats - is riddled with glitches in the detail:

- he links Jack Dromey to two seats but not to the one I understood he was actually going for

- he suggests a vacancy in Barking which I should think is news, and rather annoying, to the incumbent MP M Hodge who has put a lot of effort into getting reselected

- he names the NEC Officers erroneously - Mike Griffiths isn't the Chair any more, it's now Dianne Hayter

This may all be academic now given the latest polls, but I do think it shows that whilst LabourHome is a great source of selection gossip, some of it is posted in haste and not 100% accurate.

2 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hodge did put a lot of effort in to being reselected ... and I believe the methods she used are subject of a complaint submitted to the NEC ...

7:45 am, October 05, 2007

 
Blogger el Tom said...

"he suggests a vacancy in Barking which I should think is news, and rather annoying, to the incumbent MP M Hodge who has put a lot of effort into getting reselected"

I can only dream.

Doesn't anyone else think that Labour could do better than trying to triangulate the local BNP?

4:20 pm, October 07, 2007

 

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