Day: 18/02/2016

Are Labour abolishing democratic selections by the back door?


labour ballot

This is not the blog I wanted to be writing today, 77 days until the elections — for local councils and Police & Crime Commissioners.

I have to preface this by saying that I am very happy that Chris Vince has been selected as the Labour candidate for Essex Police & Crime Commissioner. Having met him and campaigned alongside him, I think he’ll be an excellent candidate.

I also still regard Police & Crime Commissioner as a ridiculous non-role, a waste of money and an unnecessary politicisation of the police, a sorry abuse of democracy to paper over wave after wave of cuts to police forces up and down the country by a Conservative government. I’d abolish the damn lot of them if I could.

However, I can’t. So we fight the election.

The process by which Labour has selected its candidates, though — regardless of whether it ended up with the right candidates — has been woeful.

Read on…