Labour's attitude to picking candidates to be MPs in the words of their own members
It is a matter for the Labour party who they pick as their candidates.
Nevertheless, when key local activists in a political party are resigning en masse about the way their party leadership has run the selection of a candidate, and are using words like
- "Undemocratic and against everything our party stands for" (the previous parliamentary candidate)
- "This is a travesty" (Cumberland Councillor and a portfolio holder on that Council)
- "A dreadful decision" and "It's beyond parody" (Cumberland councillor for the area I used to represent)
then the fact that the very people who have been pounding the streets for a party are saying such things about the way their party is run is informative.
You can read here what the secretary of Copeland Labour party, Bransty councillor Joseph Ghayouba, has written about the decision by the Labour leadership to block him from standing to represent the area in the next general election. The quotes above are all responses to that post.
Here is what the previous Labour parliamentary candidate for the area also wrote on FB.
Here and below is the resignation statement posted on Facebook by eleven members of the Labour selection committee and CLP executive, explaining that they are resigning in protest against what they call a "shameless disregard for democracy."