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The CLP, the ineligible candidate, and a lost Labour council seat


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I’ve been on a blogging hiatus for a while now, and I’ve been meaning to come back with some deep, thoughtful post.  Of course, I should have known that it would be blind rage that drove me back to the keyboard eventually.

Last night Labour lost a council seat.  That’s not all that surprising, really.  Our poll ratings are in the toilet, and we’re losing here, there and everywhere (Still winning those parish council seats, though! -Ed). The issue here is that the election was for a Labour-held seat on South Hams district council, and there was no Labour candidate on the ballot paper!

This is, to say the least, embarrassing. It happens from time to time, but Labour Parties across the country do their best to make sure that there’s always a Labour option for voters. We can’t be successful all the time, but the story here seems to be a tale of incompetence and poor decision-making.

Read on…