For a party that not only welcomed Tory defectors Alan Thomas Howarth, (1995) and Shaun Woodward when they crossed the floor to join the Blair "Revolution" but not only parachuted them in to the safe seats of Newport East and St Helens South purging people who have in the past indicated backing from the Greens seems bizarre.
In last Mays Assembly elections the Pontypridd Constituency which is represented by the same Owen Smith on whose behalf it is suspected the current purges mad much us of the candidate who stood against him in the UK election bu who t was now campaigning for Labour.
We now have Daran Hill defending the purge of at least one Labour applicant' Writing on Click on Wales he tells us.
Maybe its really the Left that Mr Hill objects to. A Wasting Mule profile in 2011 contained an illuminating titbit.
He comes from a working class background, growing up in Port Talbot, in a “very Labour-orientated” family. He developed an interest in politics from an early age, and was very involved in student politics at university.
He joined the Labour Party, and “was very enthused” by the direction Neil Kinnock moved the Labour Party in the early 90s – even more so by the direction Tony Blair took it in the mid-90s.
“But I also became less tribal and saw tremendous value in co-operation with politicians from other left of centre parties,” he said.
When the devolution referendum came around in 1997 he was offered the post of national organiser for the Yes campaign. It was the most senior staff post in that campaign, and he was offered the job by Leighton Andrews and Peter Hain.
After the campaign he went into public affairs, setting up Positif Politics in 2006.
The truth is that these purges are been carried out on people who indicated that they were likely to support Jeremy Corbyn
Hill claims that Sophie McKeand misled on her application
There is a box which clearly asks applicants for registered supporter status to indicate they do not support the aims of other political parties.But how far does that go you can support Green aims that coincide with Labour Policy as expressed by Corbyn.
Or perhaps back the Tory Austerity plans renewal of Trident and part privatisation of the NHS as Own Smith is on record of supporting.
Hills assertion that
would have some merit if this was the reason Ms Mcknead was purged , but that is only a latter statement .
Anyway as the case of the three defectors who were admitted and lauded by Labour shows its OK to admit people who have not only backed some viewpoint on Twitter but actually stood against Labour candidates if it suits them.
Darran Hill hatchet job on Ms Mckead dies not address the real issue that these purges are selective in favour of the hierarchy preferred candidate who is likely to lose.