Speaking after the announcement of Labour’s selection of another hard-left prospective parliamentary candidate (PPC), this time in Ann Coffey’s seat of Stockport, Cllr Mark Hunter, Leader of the Liberal Democrat Group on Stockport Council, said: “It was disappointing but hardly a surprise to see that the Momentum-backed candidate was recently selected as PPC for Stockport. Reports on Labour’s own channels tell of manipulation of the shortlist to give a favoured hard-left candidate, supported by John McDonnell amongst others, a clear path to victory. This ignored the local party’s decision for an all-woman shortlist and excluded a well-known local councillor who had been endorsed by the Jewish Labour Movement.
“It must be a terrible time to be a moderate Labour supporter. With no clear position on Brexit and with roles at all levels being taken over by Momentum, it is no surprise that support for and membership of the Liberal Democrats is at an all-time high, with many former Labour members coming to us. It does help to explain why the current Labour administration appear to be asleep at the wheel and getting nothing done – they are too busy having to focus on their internal rifts.”
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