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PARTY DESELECTS TWELVE CORBY BOROUGH COUNCILLORS

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The Labour leader of Corby BC and 11 of his colleagues have been dropped as candidates for May's municipal election...
The Labour leader of Corby BC and 11 of his colleagues have been dropped as candidates for May's municipal elections, reports BBC Northampton.

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.

The deselected 12 predict a backlash against the Labour party in the local elections and one of them, deputy council leader Peter McGowan, hinted that some of them might run against official Labour candidates in May.
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