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REBEL BARNSLEY LABOUR BRANCHES SUSPENDED OVER COUNCILLOR SELECTION ROW

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The two rebel Labour branches which decided to pick candidates who had failed the party's Project 99 exams for next...
The two rebel Labour branches which decided to pick candidates who had failed the party's Project 99 exams for next year's elections have been suspeneded.

The Yorkshire Post (p3) reports that the Hoyland East and South West branches both ignored national party rules when they chose Les Levitt and Malcolm Hall as their respective candidates in Barnsley MBC's elections next May.

Last night a regional party spokesman said it was 'absurd' that branch members at the lowest level of the party ladder could try to go against policies devised nationally.

He said an investigation would now take place at both branches into why two councillors who were 'simply not good enough' had been selected.

He said: 'The branches have been suspended because they have sought to put forward a candidate who has failed. They have done this knowingly. It would be a crazy world if Les Levitt and Malcolm Hall were exempt, where everyone else had gone through a proper selection.'

The chairman of Malcolm Hall's South West branch, David Kennedy, said that he understood the suspension meant the branch could no longer meet and so could not make any decisions.

He said he hoped the investigation by Labour's national executive committee would prove their claims that the way Mr Hall's Project 99 exam and interview was conducted had broken the rules.

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