Labour should rid itself of “stench of corruption”

The Liberal Democrats today called on the Labour Party to institute a comprehensive review of every Commons selection held so far this Parliament in a bid to rid the party of the “stench of corruption from your current crop of candidates”.

The call came as one of six recommendations from Liberal Democrat President Tim Farron. He was responding to the public consultation instigated on Thursday 19 September by Ray Collins as part of his interim report into Labour’s links with the unions.
 
The six recommendations are that Labour should:

  • Institute some real democracy into their policy-making process, following the lead of Liberal Democrat members at our Glasgow conference
  • Put principle ahead of playing politics and support real reform of the political process
  • Back Liberal Democrats in Government to address the cost of living and create more jobs
  • Institute a policy of one-member-one-vote to banish the union block vote from placing favoured candidates into party leadership
  • Stop taking the electorate for granted. Follow the example set by Liberal Democrats: campaign all year round, every year
  • Hold a clear, comprehensive and transparent audit of every Labour selection so far

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