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'LABOUR MUST STOP ITS STIFLING WAYS' - YORKSHIRE POST

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The Yorkshire Post editorial (p10) says the Labour party will have to learn to let go and stop stifling Labour cand...
The Yorkshire Post editorial (p10) says the Labour party will have to learn to let go and stop stifling Labour candidates if it is serious about devolution.

Ken Livingstone was 'causing a predictable rumpus' in London, an equally damaging row was brewing over the government's preference for Alun Michael rather than maverick Rhodri Morgan for Welsh assembly leader candidate, and in Scotland Falkirk MP Dennis Canavan promised to stand as an independent for the Scottish parliament after Labour failed to pick him as its official candidate.

'The growing furore suggests the government thinks devolution is a good think only if it is done on Labour's terms. This raises question marks about Labour's commitment to regionalism,' the leader says.

'Will the regional development associations, for instance, be subject to government meddling if their decisions go against Labour's wishes? Champions of local democracy need not despair just yet, however. After all, even if the Labour control freaks perfect the art of manipulating the candidates, there are still those pesky voters to worry about.'
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