secret plotcreates Labour crisis
Some of the Indian sub-continent Asian Labour councillors have resented the control and dominance imposed on them by the whites, predominately by Cllrs Rob Anderson (council group Leader) and James Swindlehurst (council group deputy Leader).
Secretly some have planned to overthrow the Labour councillors exclusively white leadership and choose a brown face instead as leader of the Labour councillors.
The first visible signs of a serious challenge to the white leadership occurred when Cllr Natasha Pantelic (a white) failed to be re-selected by Baylis ward members as their official Labour candidate. The victor was a young Sikh woman, pleasant, friendly but with no experience of life and no passionate commitment to serving the public; but neither has Natasha Pantelic.
Normally the local Labour hierarchy have effective control over candidate selections, but not on this occasion.
When Cllr Rob Anderson (a white) detected he risked being shoved-out of Farnham ward, after 11 years as one of their ward councillors, he knew his expected replacement would be an elderly, and not very effective, Sikh, whom Anderson & Co. had shoved-out the previous year in favour of a preferred new Moslem candidate.
Cllr Anderson personally complained to Labour's regional office in Reading.
Cllr Anderson & Co. realised they have no hope of getting Labour's ordinary branch members to sign a request for regional office intervention.
With Moslems constituting the greatest proportion of local Labour Party members and naturally expecting a Moslem to become the chief councillor, the keep-whites-in-power campaign had no chance.
Labour's white hierarchy pressured their councillors to sign an
motion to formerly justify the regional office's involvement in local Labour
Party affairs. That motion is shown below.
Its strange because candidate selections are undertaken by branch members and not by subsequently elected councillors.
Sources say some Labour councillors abstained, including:-
Privately the local Labour Party hierarchy claimed a named external individual was organising membership irregularities in Baylis, Farnham, Cippenham Green and Kedermister wards.
Labour bosses insisted newly joined members of their Party in those wards, whose subscriptions had been paid in cash, had been secretly recruited to vote for the selection of a Labour candidate who, when elected in those strongly Labour wards, would favour planning applications of financial benefit to the named external individual.
Labour's local General Committee (GC) passed an emergency motion criticising the alleged hanky-panky. Labour bosses quickly arranged for a similar motion to be endorsed by their councillors.