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Nottingham East update

Michael Crick | 13:38 UK time, Monday, 12 April 2010

Nottingham East update

I now understand Labour's candidate in Nottingham East - certain to be Chris Leslie - won't not now be chosen until Wednesday.

Nor will local members have any say in the process - Mr Leslie will simply be imposed on the local party by Labour's national Special Selections Panel.

One leading Nottingham Labour activist told Newsnight: "This goes totally against everything Gordon Brown said at the manifesto launch about opening up democracy."


  • Comment number 1.

    OH MY GOD - a BBC blog that has not been closed down - it must be England.

    There are now no open political BBC blogs in Scotland - they have all been closed down.

    Why is that you may ask?

    Well it is due to the close links that BBC Scotland have with the Scottish Labour party, and the recent scandals concerning Labour politicians, i.e., Purcellgate, Twittergate and Gangstergate.

    These gates are remarkable in the way that BBC Scotland have NOT reported them and how they have tried to kill the stories.

    This has resulted in a growing controversy on how BBC Scotland are reporting the election north of the border.

    1. There have been allegations of a pro Labour bias.

    2. There have been allegations of online censoring of comments critical of Labour.

    3. There have been allegations of attempts to close down news stories critical of the Labour party.

    4. There have been instances where BBC blogs have been closed down in response to critical newspaper stories of the Labour party deliberating preventing online discussions.

    5. There have been allegations that certain BBC Scotland reporters are acting in an outwardly partisan way by the friendly manner in which Labour politicians are being interviewed.

    Any attempt to raise an official complaint with BBC Scotland has resulted in ......... SILENCE.

    BBC Scotland are effectively gagging all criticisms of how this election is being reported north of the border. If that were to happen in England there would be outrage.

    ..... but this is Scotland.

  • Comment number 2.

    lets hope the afghans and iraqis are watching how to 'do' democracy.

  • Comment number 3.

    "One leading Nottingham Labour activist told Newsnight: "This goes totally against everything Gordon Brown said at the manifesto launch about opening up democracy."

    ...ergo Gordon Brown's a pathological liar. No new news here then!

  • Comment number 4.

    Is this just part of the 'wash-up'?....AKA political expediency over democracy.

  • Comment number 5.


    A combination of the words 'man' and 'infest'(as in 'an infestation of rats) followed by the 'O!' of surprise and despair. It is believed to have been coined by B F Skinner, and applied rats who never solved a single maze, yet mysteriously became fat and complacent.

    e.g. "That Brown rat is a bloody manifesto!"

    Blogdog - please read carefully before chewing up. (;o)

  • Comment number 6.

    I too am really disgusted by the way Labour have Scotland 'sown up.'The Purcell/Glasgow City Council fiasco would have made constant headlines anywhere else in the UK.It has drugs, alleged corruption, links to Labour donors- the whole thing is mind boggling but no-one in the rest of the country knows a thing about it. If it had been the Opposition, Mandelson would have made sure it was centre stage. It is a story of Labour being in power too long and poor old Glasgow goes staggering on.


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