The second case to move forward this week concerned the Ex Shadow Immigration Minister and former Labour MP, Phil Woolas.
Phil Woolas stooped very low in his tactics in the Oldham East and Saddleworth and was judged to have made false statements about his Lib Dem opponent, Elwyn Watkins, by an elections court. Woolas was then unceremoniously dumped on further by Harriet Harman the Labour Deputy Leader much to the chagrin of many in the commons on the Labour benches.
On Friday, the high court rejected Woolas’s attempt to contest the finding of the election court, which ruled that he should no longer sit as the MP for the Lancashire constituency and be barred from parliament for three years.
Woolas has now accepted defeat and a by-election will be held in the Oldham East and Saddleworth constituency on February 3rd, the writ being moved as soon as they get back from their Christmas holidays.
The public do not support Woolas but many of his fellow parliamentarians do!
One has to question the wisdom therefore of John Healey, the now Shadow Minister for Health and the MP for Wentworth and Dearne constituency, providing visible support by dignifying proceedings with his presence?
A political mistake I am sure! It remains to be established, who on earth told him to go? and why did he agree?
Guardian Comment is free: The Phil Woolas affair is about the soul of the Labour party by Sunny Hundal