Overturn Ealing Labour's unfair councillor candidate selection

by Ealing Labour for Corbyn

Overturn Ealing Labour's unfair councillor candidate selection

by Ealing Labour for Corbyn
Ealing Labour for Corbyn
We are a group of Jeremy Corbyn-supporting Labour members in Ealing who applied to be 2018 councillor candidates. We are battling an abuse of process locally that has seen 18 of 19 of us rejected.
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Ealing Labour for Corbyn
We are a group of Jeremy Corbyn-supporting Labour members in Ealing who applied to be 2018 councillor candidates. We are battling an abuse of process locally that has seen 18 of 19 of us rejected.

Thank you - update resultant of General Election announcement

April 19, 2017

Ealing Labour for Corbyn would like to thank all of our supporters for their generous donations and messages backing us to challenge Ealing Labour Party to overturn its unfair selection process for the 2018 council election candidates. Our group of Jeremy Corbyn-supporting Labour members in Ealing, who applied to be 2018 councillor candidates, committed to battle an abuse of process locally tha...

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Weʼre raising funds to challenge Ealing Labour Party to overturn its unfair selection process for the 2018 council election candidates

In Ealing, the Labour Party’s councillor candidate screening process for the 2018 local elections has begun. The first stage of the process is meant to remove disqualified and unsuitable candidates, with the final choice being left to local members. Official Labour Party literature states that ‘most people’ will get through this stage. However, in Ealing, 18 out of 19 Corbyn-supporting members who put themselves forward as potential candidates ahead of the 2018 local council elections have been rejected in a clear, politically motivated manipulation of the selection process.

We love our party, and believe that local party branch members have the right to select potential councillors from a broad range of candidates – in terms of their political views, diversity and life experience. We believe that the local party establishment has breached both Labour Party rules and the wider rules of natural justice in its attempt to prevent left-wing candidates from standing as future councillors. Shamefully, they have also failed to make adjustments in the process for disabled members, who very much need to be represented.

We have seen various tricks and arguments used against us in an attempt to negatively influence interview panels, just some of which include:

• The compilation and submission of inaccurate reports on candidates’ campaigning activity

• Two lawyers accused of professional misconduct for representing the community
in a legal challenge on an Ealing planning matter

• Discrimination on disability grounds

• Claims that shift workers’ hours are incompatible with being a councillor

• Unsubstantiated reports of misconduct at meetings

• The trawling of candidates' social media activity.

A pattern of similar manipulation of Labour’s candidate selection processes is emerging across the country. It’s time to fight back and ensure that, in Ealing and beyond, our party officials are respecting member democracy.

We are raising funds, as a group, to mount a legal challenge against this abuse and manipulation of the councillor candidate selection process in Ealing.

Please support us in this important challenge.

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Thank you - update resultant of General Election announcement

April 19, 2017

Ealing Labour for Corbyn would like to thank all of our supporters for their generous donations and messages backing us to challenge Ealing Labour Party to overturn its unfair selection process for the 2018 council election candidates. Our group of Jeremy Corbyn-supporting Labour members in Ealing, who applied to be 2018 councillor candidates, committed to battle an abuse of process locally that has seen 18 of 19 of us rejected.

With your help, we were able to hit our initial target of £2500 and were on our way toward the stretch target of £32,000 to fund a potential legal challenge.

This week, Prime Minister Theresa May has announced she will be seeking a General Election on June 8th. The current selection process for 2018 councillor candidates in Ealing has been put on hold and, as a consequence, Ealing Labour for Corbyn and the 18 of 19 rejected candidates will suspend the current challenge to this selection process.

‘Ealing Labour for Corbyn’ has, since its inception, battled for unity among and respect for all members of the Labour Party – irrespective of their political viewpoint or the length of time that they have been members. We will demonstrate our commitment to that principle by working and campaigning together with our comrades in Ealing Labour in a united effort for a Labour victory in the proposed June 8 General Election.

Unused funds for this case will be reallocated to an approved cause, in line with CrowdJustice's Terms.

We hope our supporters will understand and respect this decision. Thank you, again, for your donations and messages of support. Together, we will win.

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