LABOUR SELECTION ROW: Party to pass report to police

The selection process in Falkirk has been thrust into the national spotlight
The selection process in Falkirk has been thrust into the national spotlight

The row over the selection of Labour’s candidate to represent Falkirk in the next General Election has taken a new twist.

It has been reported that the party is to hand its report over alleged irregularities in the process to police.

Unite has been accused of underhand tactics to ensure its preferred choice gets the nomination, a charge the union vehemently denies.

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In the past two days, the party’s General Election co-ordinator, Tom Watson, has resigned, while Falkirk CLP chairman Stephen Deans and Unite candidate Karie Murphy have been suspended, and the scheme under which unions could sign up Labour members and pay the fees on their behalf has been suspended.