A seven hour meeting of the party's regional executive yesterday rejected their appeal against the local party's decision to deselect virtually the entire leadership of the council. Corby BC has often been held up as a model local authority for its success in regenerating the local economy after the town was hit by steel works closures in the late 1970s and 1980s.
Kelvin Glenndening, who has been council leader for 20 years, and half of the council's Labour members, described the meeting which consigned them to the political wilderness as 'a kangaroo court'. He said he had been given no reason for his deselection.
Apart from emphasising the decision was final, the chairman of the East Midlands Labour party, Kevin Hepworth, declined to comment.