What You Can Get Away With » A question for Labour members and supporters

(if any happen to be passing by this way…)

You might have heard that Phil Woolas is this week in an electoral court because of a legal challenge about his campaign in Oldham East and Saddleworth during this year’s General Election.

Regardless of the rights and wrongs of the electoral petition, look at the copies of his leaflets that are available here and here (pdf files) as part of it. Now, ask yourself this: are you happy that Phil Woolas used those leaflets as an official Labour candidate? Are you happy that he has faced no disciplinary action or disapproval from the leadership of the party because of them? And are you happy that a man who can happily put out such leaflets remains an official Labour front bench spokesman on home affairs, including immigration? And if you are fine with that, just how far does a Labour candidate have to go before you’ll disavow their actions?

(links from Anton Vowl on Twitter, and further coverage of the electoral court is available via Nick Thornsby’s blog and Twitter)

UPDATE: Interesting post here from a Labour member wanting him expelled. However, what interests me is the suggestion in the comments that Woolas is involved with David Miliband’s leadership campaign – anyone know more about this?

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  1. No, no, no, N/A.

    Having said all that, I’m not especially surprised he’s still on the front bench: in the absence of a leader, the front bench was always likely to remain as it was immediately after the election, pending the election of a new one. And it just so happens that the time spent electing a new leader is also the gap until the case came to court. So now we can hear the result of the court case, and that will settle whether he has a future in politics or not. But regardless of any of that, I agree with you, Nick: the man’s obviously a disgrace.