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Labour's chaotic local government selection process has spilled over from Glasgow into neighbouring South Lanarkshire, after two senior local Labour activists resigned in protest following disputes over candidate selection procedures.

Labour's South Lanarkshire local government committee chair Peter McKeown and secretary George Livingstone are reported to have removed themselves from the selection process after national officials took over the administration of local candidate selections.

A full-time Labour Party organiser has now taken over the administration and organisation of the selection meetings for Labour candidates in South Lanarkshire for the forthcoming local elections.  After considerable delay, the selection process began at the beginning of this week and is expected to be finalised by Sunday.

Speaking to local newspaper, the Rutherglen Reformer, a Labour party source admitted that "shenanigans" over procedures had delayed the selection of candidates and angered party members, leading to the resignations of Mr McKeown and Mr Livingstone.

It is understood that the two Labour stalwarts had been ruled out as it was claimed that they had not been members of the party for long enough and were ineligible to stand as councillors.

However a source within the Labour party told the Rutherglen Reformer:

"That is technically not correct. There is absolutely no requirement to be a member of the party for a particular length of time.

"They appealed to the Scottish Executive Committee, who upheld their appeal.

"The local government committee didn't like the fact their decision had been upheld and they delayed and prevaricated in terms of organising selection."

Commenting, Christina McKelvie, SNP MSP for Hamilton, Larkhall and Stonehouse, said:

"First in Glasgow and now in South Lanarkshire, Labour seems to be incapable of getting even the basics of selecting their council candidates right without collapsing into internal disputes and recriminations.

"They can't even seem to agree who is or is not eligible to stand as a Labour candidate.

“While Labour are fighting among themselves, the SNP has a strong team of candidates in place across South Lanarkshire and are already out campaigning, talking to voters about the issues that matter to them and about the SNP's policies for improving South Lanarkshire.

"Labour, along with their Tory partners, have mismanaged South Lanarkshire Council for long enough and now they can't even get their act together to select their candidates.  No wonder South Lanarkshire voters are deserting Labour in droves.

"In May, the people of South Lanarkshire will have the chance to kick this discredited party out of the power and elect an open and transparent SNP administration which will deliver on the issues that matter in South Lanarkshire."

Comments  

 
# Vincent McDee 2012-02-17 07:17
Will the wonders never cease... labour in disarray?

My, my.
 
 
# Robert Louis 2012-02-17 07:53
With every passing day, the former unstoppable Labour empire in Scotland falls to bits.

The council elections in May will be a hard fight, as Labour will want, at the very least, to keep a hold on councils in Scotland. Despite the internal strife within Labour, the SNP would be foolish to underestimate them at council level. Hopefully if the SNP put up a good case, and really hit the doorsteps, we will see the last part of the Labour dynasty in Scotland finally destroyed.

I think an SNP win in some of these major councils in Scotland, will help strengthen the cause of independence, and help to make it clear to certain people far away in London, that Scotland has changed for good.
 
 
# clootie 2012-02-17 08:04
As Wendy would say "bring it on"

:D
 
 
# Sleekit 2012-02-17 08:12
OT

scotsman.com/.../...

Strategic Investment will maintain oil revenue after independence
 
 
# xyz 2012-02-17 10:12
Nice article .. devastating for those saying that we did all-right in the union and why change something that they think is not broken.
 
 
# Sleekit 2012-02-17 08:14
A full-time Labour Party organiser has now taken over the administration and organisation of the selection meetings for Labour candidates in South Lanarkshire

I am just a bit curious as to where this "Full-time Labour Party Organiser" is appointed from???
 
 
# dundie 2012-02-17 09:40
And how many years he has had to have been a member to attain such a responsible position?
 
 
# Arbroath1320 2012-02-17 16:15
How about Westminster?

Perhaps it is wee Gordie Broon! After all he is never in Westminster so he'll have all that free time on his hands. :D
 
 
# brh206 2012-02-17 08:49
Labour in meltdown, did I miss Christmas and I am having it now.
 
 
# Louperdowg 2012-02-17 08:56
Labour's South Lanarkshire local government committee chair Peter McKeown and secretary George Livingstone are reported to have removed themselves from the selection process after national officials took over the administration of local candidate selections.

Its a Union benefit.
 
 
# J Wil 2012-02-17 21:46
Not only that, but the council is being investigated over the appointment of staff (relatives) and for making appointments internally.
 
 
# Harry.Shanks 2012-02-17 09:31
Can I suggest that a very small amendement to one line would delight us in Rutherglen?

"Speaking to a local newspaper, the Rutherglen Reformer - a Labour party source, ......"

Chuckle.
 
 
# rhymer 2012-02-17 15:47
Quoting Harry.Shanks:
Can I suggest that a very small amendement to one line would delight us in Rutherglen?
Speaking to a local newspaper, the Rutherglen Reformer - a Labour party source, ......" Chuckle.


Now, Now Harry. It is a sin to mock the afflicted.
 
 
# freeussoon 2012-02-17 10:00
OT

Something curious this morning..........

BBC reported retail rise of 0.9%.

SKY reported retail rise of 1.9%.
 
 
# xyz 2012-02-17 12:21
It's a mystery ....

bbc.co.uk/.../...
UK retail sales rise by 0.9% in January

news.sky.com/.../16171546
Retail sales for the first month of 2011 were up by 1.9% year-on-year

ons.gov.uk/.../...
Sales volumes in January 2012 increased 2.0 per cent when compared with January 2011
 
 
# Arbroath1320 2012-02-17 16:19
If I were cynical, which I'm not. :D

Could we be looking at a retail rise of 1.9% rise in SCOTLAND and 0.9% in the UK overall.

Just my cynical brain thinking here. Oops I forgot I just I wasn't cynical. Oops!:)
 
 
# Exile 2012-02-17 10:03
So, the Scottish Executive Committee upheld their appeal, but 'national' officials overruled it. Which nation would that be?
 
 
# edinburgh quine 2012-02-17 10:37
Off topic but have you seen Lesley Riddoch's article in the Guardian today?
guardian.co.uk/.../...
 
 
# dogbite 2012-02-17 11:35
She says it as it is quine. Thanks for the link
 
 
# RTP 2012-02-17 10:57
Well,well were all in this together but not the common folk as Broon joins Blair on the golden trail will soon be joining the Tory front bench millionaires

Gordon Brown has earned more than £1.4 million since he stood down as prime minister, including fees and expenses.
 
 
# Arbroath1320 2012-02-17 16:30
Aye the £1.4 million included a £78,000 advance for his book "Beyond the Crash". Perhaps his book should have been called "The Crash and my part in its downfall".

As if this isn't bad enough, he is bringing out a second book later this year. Now I wonder what this book will be called...."How I saved the world" perhaps?

Some more details about Broon's £1.4 Million can be found here.

bbc.co.uk/.../...

I love his travel expenses to Nigeria, £20,165. What the flying H is all that about. Did he hire a private jet with gold and diamond encrusted fittings to fly out to Nigeria?
 
 
# derick fae Yell 2012-02-17 18:57
Good link. keep em coming
 
 
# mato21 2012-02-17 19:01
defamatory comment removed. – NNS Mod Team
 
 
# Siôn Jones 2012-02-17 11:07
Didn't Gibbons write about something similar in 'Decline and fall . . . .'? Hubris and complacency always leads to ruin.
 
 
# Angry_Weegie 2012-02-17 11:33
and May can't come soon enough
 
 
# Marga B 2012-02-17 11:48
Don't really understand this story - is it about parachuting people in?

rutherglenreformer.co.uk/.../...
 
 
# rhymer 2012-02-17 21:23
[quote name="Marga B"]Don't really understand this story - is it about parachuting people in? rutherglenrefor mer

It is a amazing what you van do if you get a John Bull Printing Outfit for Christmas.
 
 
# rhymer 2012-02-17 12:12
Note: Last week, I had couple of characters at my door handing out labour party leaflets. The SNP decal on the security door, which was there when they arrived, was gone when they left.
(the decal, not the door, silly)
A rather petty gesture but a good indication of character.

Roll on May and maybe we can get rid of these leeches.
 
 
# edinburgh quine 2012-02-17 12:59
That's just mean and probably illegal.
When leafletting we used to ensure our stuff went right into the letterbox otherwise the labour lot, who were usually following us, would nick 'em and scatter them over the road, thus making it look bad for the SNP, Mind you, if we followed them, ditto. Except we didn't scatter them. However, we NEVER tampered with ordinary folks bits and bobs. Not good politics, irrespective of who they might vote for.
 
 
# Roll_On_2011 2012-02-17 12:17
Google has just turned this one up from last December:

alloaadvertiser.com/.../...

A Labour councillor has quit the party after being controversially rejected as a candidate for the 2012 local council elections.

Eddie Carrick this week resigned from the Clackmannanshir e Council Labour Group, and has also left the Labour party after 36 years as a member.

He will now serve the rest of the term until the local government elections in May 2012 as an independent councillor.

Mr Carrick was one of two Labour councillors representing the Clackmannanshir e West ward and, together with George Matchett, he had indicated that he wished to stand for re-election next year.
 
 
# drangular 2012-02-17 17:09
And this resulted in a change in administration from Labour to SNP on Jan. 6th. because Councillor Carrick switched to supporting the SNP in a 'no confidence' vote.
 
 
# edinburgh quine 2012-02-17 13:02
I'm awfully confused about this. Why are they getting rid of so many of their 'old guard'. Are they genuinely trying to 'clean up' their party, or are they just stupid? I cant believe that central office has that many cronies they want to place. In Glasgow, because of it's size, perhaps, but wee Clackmannanshir e (nothing agin it, my Dad came from Menstrie), I'm just baffled
 
 
# Vincent McDee 2012-02-17 13:15
The War of the Cliques, perhaps?
 
 
# rhymer 2012-02-17 15:30
London Labour HQ have decided that things must change as it is obvious the clique who have been running things in Scotland are on a downward spiral. So much for an "independent" Scottish labour.
 
 
# Marga B 2012-02-17 15:35
Looking at the people who were NOT deselected in Glasgow City (among them Davidson) you have to say what are London looking for?
 
 
# Arbroath1320 2012-02-17 16:34
Quote:
I'm awfully confused about this. Why are they getting rid of so many of their 'old guard'. Are they genuinely trying to 'clean up' their party, or are they just stupid?


In answer to your questions E.Q.

No in answer to part one. :D

YES to part two. :D
 
 
# J Wil 2012-02-17 21:48
"Why are they getting rid of so many of their 'old guard'"

It's Labour's anwer to knife crime.
 
 
# iReferee 2012-02-17 14:57
O/T but...

"SNP hold on to power after winning “no confidence” vote at East Ayrshire Council"

tinyurl.com/7pycbnd
 
 
# Saporian 2012-02-17 15:52
OMG you couldn't make this up "Stirling Council has failed to set a budget after Labour councillors voted against their own amendment, causing the motion to be defeated" bbc.co.uk/.../...
Unbelievable???
 
 
# mato21 2012-02-17 15:57
They learnt that trick from their compatriots in the Scottish Parliament It didn't work then either
 
 
# Arbroath1320 2012-02-17 16:35
No it is not unbelievable Saporian, remember it is LABOUR we are talking about here. :D
 
 
# Mac 2012-02-17 16:40
Oh dear, oh dear, oh dear. The poor Labour souls don't really have clue.
 
 
# Arbroath1320 2012-02-17 16:53
Did they ever have a clue in the first place Mac? :D
 
 
# J Wil 2012-02-17 21:49
@Saporian

Not unbelievable. It's a regular occurrence.
 
 
# Dan777A 2012-02-17 16:52
Seriously where has labour gone!!!!! How can lamont stay silent, Glasgow, south Lanarkshire now Stirling wait for it....... It's an snp conspiracy to try and boot labour out of Scotland!!!!! Wake up lamont if anyone is trying to get rid of the decrepit labour party from Scotland it's the people of Scotland GOOD RIDDANCE
 
 
# oldnat 2012-02-17 18:42
This anger from a Labour activist in England seems very reminiscent of how SLab members must feel about Lamont.

labourlist.org/.../...
 
 
# mato21 2012-02-17 18:56
Alex seems a wee bit miffed at Millys performance up till now

Apparently their navel gazing down there didn't work out any better than it did here
 
 
# Mad Jock McMad 2012-02-17 20:06
Oldnat - I've just posted a response supporting the author's take - to think I once supported these morons..
 
 
# KillieBoab 2012-02-17 20:50
I have just copied what I presume is your post before it is removed from the site because of it's common-sense. Well said, sir!
 
 
# rhymer 2012-02-17 21:04
Quoting Mad Jock McMad:
Oldnat - I've just posted a response supporting the author's take - to think I once supported these morons..


Me too.
About 2-1 responses against what he said (so far)
 
 
# edinburgh quine 2012-02-17 23:06
Wow, that's amazing. Thank you Oldnat for that link.

I do feel badly for the English left. Where do they go. As one of the responder's pointed out, the labour party is no longer fit for purpose. The 3 main parties (I'm still including the liberals as a main party) are indistinguishab le. Tragic
 
 
# tilly 2012-02-17 19:31
O/T

Iceland debt 'safe to invest' after ratings upgrade

tinyurl.com/84q5ccp

‘Iceland's Finance Minister Steingrimur Sigfusson has told the BBC that his country's size has been crucial in the move towards recovery: "You are quicker turning a small boat around than a big ship."

Will Iceland going up meet the UK on the way down?
 
 
# balbeggie 2012-02-17 19:56
good quote

'Iceland's Finance Minister Steingrimur Sigfusson has told the BBC that his country's size has been crucial in the move towards recovery: "You are quicker turning a small boat around than a big ship."
'
 
 
# snowthistle 2012-02-17 20:31
I'm always amazed at how few people realise that the Iceland 'boat' has turned
 
 
# mato21 2012-02-17 20:43
emailed call kay with an e this morning to point out a few misconceptions that had been allowed unchallenged Iceland being one of them Kirsty chose not to read it out

Must stop telling them to be better informed if they are hosting this type of programme
 
 
# call me dave 2012-02-17 21:25
Yea! In the car - heard it for a minute the young financial wizard chap spouting forth and was he out of touch.

Among other things the old arc of prosperity etc. etc. Iceland Iceland.

Your a NO! to independence then she said.

(was it Kirsty wark today?)
 
 
# mato21 2012-02-17 21:45
yes She's been on a number of mornings this week The other morning someone had the temerity to say something about her pay as quick as a flash she said I don't get paid?? I bet her money is paid into her company to evade paying the full rate of income tax Very abrupt rude woman
 

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