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SALFORD LABOUR PARTY AT WAR WITH ITSELF AS MAYOR TRIES TO CRUSH ANY OPPOSITION
 

Star date: 18th November 2015

SALFORD LABOUR COUNCILLOR GETS HAMMERED FOR `UPSETTING MAYOR'

"We now have a Labour group split down the middle – it's bad news for Salfordians..." Labour Party member

Despite announcing his intention to quit today, Salford Mayor Ian Stewart was last night at the centre of debate, as Weaste and Seedley councillor Paul Wilson had the Party whip removed.

The incredibly narrow vote in favour of the censure means that the Salford Labour Party is now at war with itself, with one member telling the Salford Star that Wilson's treatment was an attempt by the Mayor "to crush any opposition to him".

Full details here...


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Today at the full meeting of Salford City Council, Mayor Ian Stewart was all smiles as he announced his intention to stand down before the May 2016 mayoral elections (see previous Salford Star article – click here).

Last night, however, at a meeting of the city's Labour Party Group, Weaste and Seedley Councillor, Paul Wilson, had the Party whip removed for, basically, `upsetting the Mayor' as one Party member put it.

Wilson announced recently that he was going to put himself forward to get the Party's nomination to stand for Mayor, before Stewart said he was quitting. And that led to three charges against him...

The first charge had to be dropped as Party chiefs hadn't read their own rulebook – it only related to national issues and didn't concern local issues.

The second charge was that Wilson `disrespected the whip'. Apparently he was asked to attend a kind of tribunal but didn't know what he was being charged with, nor which Party rule he had broken.

The third charge was `disrespecting the Mayor' because he announced his intention to stand as a candidate in the press. Wilson's defence was that the press was told by someone else in the Party and a reporter phoned him up for a comment...

"He's been stitched up good and proper" said one Salford Labour Party member, while another added "Nobody's clear why this has happened, I think it's just for upsetting Ian Stewart...it's an attempt to crush any opposition to him."

The four hour meeting last night ended with Stewart's supporters winning by only a few votes – with two councillors who might have voted against the censure not being able to attend as they were, ironically, at a selection meeting.

"It appears that the Labour Group has narrowly ploughed through a decision based on some very dodgy evidence" said a long standing member of the Salford Labour Party "The closeness of the vote is heartening; it means that some of our councillors are still fair minded and do not kowtow to the hierarchy. But we now have a Labour Group split down the middle – it's bad news for Salfordians in austere times..."

The Salford Star understands that Paul Wilson will appeal against the decision but if it is upheld it will mean that he is excluded from the Party for a number of months and wouldn't be able to stand for the Labour Party mayoral candidate nomination.

At today's full council meeting, as Ian Stewart went through the motions of patting himself on the back for being "the listening Mayor", while waffling of "truly exciting times for Salford", Councillor Wilson was moved away from other Labour councillors by a Council officer, and made to sit on his own, like the naughty boy in school.

Salford really is becoming engulfed in playground politics, complete with bullying, cliques and secret meetings behind the bike sheds. For Labour Party members, who have never spoken to the Salford Star before about internal Labour politics, to be slating Ian Stewart and his supporters so publicly, something is seriously wrong.

And those new members who joined the Labour Party in the city on the strength of Jeremy Corbyn's new gentle politics must be wondering what the hell is going on in Stalinford...

Tahir Chakotai (Independent Housing Advocate) wrote
at 11:43:37 PM on Friday, November 20, 2015
So let's get this right. The Labour council and it's party are fighting one and another, with the Salford Mayor right at the centre of the conflict. Well there's a surprise. And yes, I am being very sarcastic. How can Salford progress and improve its services, such as housing, and care for the elderly / vulnerable, when it can't put it's own house in order. This is why The City of Salford is in a state of confusion and chaos. "A House that stands divided does not stand at all". When will the Labour Council / Party realise that their duties are not to squabble with one another, at the tax payers expense, but to improve, and enhance this city for all the who live and / or work within Salford. If the Mayor of Salford is causing the problem, and he plans to stand down anyway, I cannot see why all of the Labour Council / Party members can't take a vote of no confidence against Ian Stewart, and remove the problem once and for all. We as a city, can only hope that the next Mayor has the integrity, honesty, and determination to repair and improve the damage that has been done to Salford, by our very own Labour Council / Party.
 
Winston Smith wrote
at 11:43:34 PM on Friday, November 20, 2015
@Salford Star - I suspect there's an error in this article. There's no way they're going to acknowledge yet another catastrophe so wheres the bit where they blame government cuts? This is what makes me laugh lots over my cornflakes, every time, and has done for nearly 40 years. This omission is most disappointing. Do you have new editor?
 
Dave L wrote
at 2:34:46 PM on Thursday, November 19, 2015
What a total farce!
 
Mark Preston wrote
at 1:13:23 PM on Thursday, November 19, 2015
....the phrase, 'no honour amongst thieves springs to mind!'
 
Ben wrote
at 10:07:57 AM on Thursday, November 19, 2015
Doesn't matter who stands Labour will get in again guaranteed, all rather sad and sums up the state of affairs in Salford.
 
Salford1 wrote
at 10:07:54 AM on Thursday, November 19, 2015
The new Warburtons crumpet ad with the muppet show stars reminds me of Stewart and labour council.lors .....They're all! MUPPETS....
 
Michael F in Salford wrote
at 3:43:28 AM on Thursday, November 19, 2015
I am astounded at this news. Paul is in the same boat as me when I was the MPs Agent in Doncaster for Labour 30 years ago. Sheffield News reported my saying "Reds are not under the bed they are in it". Now with the Corbyn factor and Mr Mayor it seems a fact that Labour has moved into painting the whole community with red oxide lead. Toxic and out of fashion. What about openness, trust, respect as I feel much is lacking at Salford Council.
 
wrote
at 3:15:30 AM on Thursday, November 19, 2015
to Salford lad. No. Gena was too busy sorting out the plans for the three-weekly bin collections.
 
Salford lad wrote
at 12:30:49 AM on Thursday, November 19, 2015
Where was my local councillor Gena Merret on this vote, was she once again tied to her desk!?
 
Paul Gerrard wrote
at 4:26:47 PM on Wednesday, November 18, 2015
"But we now have a Labour Group split down the middle – it's bad news for Salfordians in austere times..." Surely a split in the Labour group, and the end of the Stalinist monolith, could actually produce a GOOD outcome for Salfordians i.e. that some councillors might actually oppose cuts!!!
 
Brianfkirkham@sky.com wrote
at 4:18:25 PM on Wednesday, November 18, 2015
The Democracy Experiment moves into a new phase - one of almost biblical proportions - what's the betting Cllr Wilson stands anyway - regardless of who stands for Labour? It would be highly embarrassing for Labours Top Brass in Salford if he did - let alone if he actually won the mayoral vote.
 
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