Fiona Twycross, recently elected to the Greater London Assembly and sitting member of the national policy forum, has deliberately abused her privileged access to Labour’s membership database for the second election running. She is a candidate backed by right-wing party-within-a-party, Progress, for election as a London constituency party representative, a position to which she was first elected two years ago. On that occasion, when she was standing as an “independent”, she was able to send a text message to all London members — a form of self-promotion which has not been allowed to any other candidate in any intern al election before or since. It enabled her, a relatively unknown outsider, to surprise everyone by winning a place.
This year, backed by Progress, she has written to members across London “to thank them for their help in getting elected” just three days before the ballot papers go out for the national policy forum. She was elected three weeks ago with three other assembly members on the list system. But, as Labour List asks:
So why was Fiona emailing London activists – in any capacity – so soon before the NPF elections? Were other Assembly Members elected on the list afforded the same opportunity? Why wasn’t this email sent by a staff member? (whoever is currently running London region for example). Is this email needed to be sent by a politician, then why not Len Duvall (the leader of London’s AMs) or Ken Livingstone himself?
There is only one way to restore faith in the impartiality of the London Labour Party. Fiona Twycross should be barred from standing forthwith.