On 23 January 2019, Paul Francis, Political Editor of the Kent Messenger Group, wrote up our struggle to make the Labour Party more accountable. I am quoted as saying:
“I was all set to walk away before Christmas, but I’ve been amazed and inspired by the response of Labour Party members and supporters in South Thanet and beyond.
“After eight months of great teamwork, the verdict of the local party seems to be that they still want me as their candidate.”
“This seems to be an example of the party’s executive ignoring the will of the members and denying one of its democratically elected parliamentary candidates the right to a fair hearing.
“As someone who joined the Labour Party to fight injustice and to advance grassroots democracy, I can’t let this go unchallenged.
“The last thing I want to do is go to court, but we have to make the Labour Party more accountable to its members and this seems to be the only way of doing it.
“I want to stress that this is in no way an attack on the Labour Party leadership. I joined the party to support Jeremy Corbyn, and I now find myself facing some of the same false allegations that have characterised his leadership.”