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Labour lurches leftwards as key union leaders, including convicted football hooligan, become candidates

Screen shot 2010-03-10 at 11.48.30 On previous occasions we've noted the looming mass retirement of Blairite Labour MPs from the Commons.

Yesterday's Times highlighted how key union leaders are becoming Labour candidates:

  • "Jack Dromey, the deputy general secretary of Unite, will fight Birmingham Erdington despite controversy over why the seat did not have one of the all-women shortlists championed by Harriet Harman, his wife." See mylabourposter.
  • "John Cryer, a political officer at the same union and a former member of the Socialist Campaign Group of MPs, received organisational support to win selection in Leyton & Wanstead against strong competition."
  • "Ian Lavery, president of the National Union of Mineworkers, who has declared the new Labour project an abject failure, was selected last month for Wansbeck. He was backed by the GMB despite disclosures in The Times that he had once been convicted of a public order offence at a football match."
  • "Cheryl Pigeon, a TUC organiser, won selection in Erewash ahead of Fiona Twycross, a long-time Labour staff member who was supported by figures close to the party leadership."
Tim Montgomerie