Phil Woolas, Corrupt Practices.
I have never had any time for New Labour or that string of Labour MPs who gladly voted for the Tory-lite measures they wanted to push through, still even Phil Woolas stands out amongst that pack of chancers, opportunists and political nonentities.
Woolas is positively reptilian.
He concluded: “The consequence of our finding that the respondent is guilty of an illegal practice with regard to the statements we have referred to is that, pursuant to section 159(1) of the Act, his election as Member of Parliament for the constituency of Oldham East and Saddleworth is void and we have so reported to the Speaker of the House of Commons.
“We are satisfied that the statutory penalties for the illegal practices committed by the respondent are both necessary and proportionate, having regard to the seriousness of the statements made with regard to the petitioner’s alleged attitude to the Muslim extremists who advocated violence.”
The judges made no reference to the sanctions on Mr Woolas, although it is thought he could be barred from public office for a period of time. ”
Freedom of Speech No ID Cards Aye 90 days detention Aye Abolition of Parliament Bill Aye Trial without a Jury Aye MPs’ Expenses (FOI exemption) Aye Control Orders Aye Extradition Act 2003 No Government intervention in collection of evidence No DNA database Aye
The Guardian has more on the full judgement and Woolas.
See the Torygraph for Woolas’ gaffes.
Update 1: Phil, the Labourite cover it too.
Update 2: Adrian Windisch has a Green’s view of things.
Update 3: Political Betting ask the question, when Woolas was appointed to the shadow front bench, Is this the new leader’s first big mistake?
Update 4: Political Betting has more coverage:
Update 5: The Guardian has a good slide show of Woolas’ election propaganda, I think anyone remotely objective would see the problems with it.