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In a move not seen for 99 years, Phil Woolas, Shadow Cabinet member has been stripped of his election victory by two High Court Judges convened as an Elections Court. Mr Justice Nigel Teare and Mr Justice Griffith Williams found Mr Woolas guilty of illegal practices under election law. Read full Judgement here.
The luckless Woolas had the rug pulled from underneath him by Harriet Harman, Labour’s Deputy Leader, when she sought the nearest camera to launch this broadside which appears to have left Woolas with little room for manoeuvre, despite his brave words and his prepared statement read for him by Gerald Shamash.
It has emerged that the Labour Party Insurers have been paying Woolas’s legal costs, Gerald Shamash, The Official Labour Party Solicitor, does not come cheap. This arrangement is believed to be at an end leaving Woolas high and dry!
Astonishingly this disgraced Labour Shadow Minister has launched a financial appeal that he hopes will collect £200,000! so that he can prove his innocence. Some hope, just who is stupid enough to donate their own money to this farcical enterprise?
We will see tomorrow whether the Speaker understands what he must do, order a by-election as soon as practically possible.
No prevarication, no waiting for Woolas to progress his legal appeals. The findings as to fact will not change no matter what legal stunts Woolas pulls.
The people of Oldham East and Saddleworth deserve nothing less!
The only thing that sticks in my craw was the sight of Simon Hughes, Liberal Deputy Leader, crowing about the victory. I can remember a certain by-election in Bermondsey in 1983, Labour candidate Peter Tatchell lost to Simon Hughes the then Liberal candidate, after the most disgraceful campaign by the Liberals. Pity Peter Tatchell did not see fit to mount a legal challenge back then. Maybe Simon Hughes would now be nothing more than a footnote to history had he done so!
Still got a copy of Peter Tatchell’s book, The Battle For Bermondsey somewhere. It is well worth a read if you are interested in political dirty tricks.
STOP PRESS: 8th November 2010, Judicial review rejected. Speaker announces that an expedited application was now in play.
Clive Betts Labour Member for Sheffield South East secured an Adjournment Debate on Wednesday evening on the subject of the cancellation of the £80 Million proposed loan to Sheffield Forgemasters and the exposure of lobbying by Andrew Cook, chairman of engineering firm William Cook Holdings who wrote to Conservative Business Minister Mark Prisk calling for the funding to be withdrawn.
Rotherham’s own MP Denis MacShane was also there to lend a hand as was John Healey the Member for Wentworth and the Dearne still sitting on the front bench.** The Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg Member for Sheffield Hallam was strangely absent from this debate.
Previously Nick Clegg had made the following statement: that he regretted the government “cannot afford to support its expansion” but added that “the truth is that this loan was promised by the outgoing Labour government as a calculated ploy to win support in Sheffield just ahead of the election”.
Labour’s cynicism is fully on show here, their promise was essentially deceptive, If the money had existed they would have completed arrangements before the General Election thereby ensuring that no cancellation was possible. They did not because they knew that, if they had won or gone into coalition with the Liberals, they would have had to cancel it themselves. Plain Hypocrisy at work! Nothing new about that then!
** In opposition, Labour MPs get to chose their front bench team by ballot, I wonder where Healey will stand once these elections take place? We shall see!