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Pat Wall increases vote

(July 1982)

From Militant, No. 608, 2 July 1982, p. 4.
Transcribed by Iain Dalton.
Marked up by Einde O’Callaghan for the Encyclopaedia of Trotskyism On-Line (ETOL).

The right wing’s attempt at a witch-hunt had its first test last Friday and it blew up in its face. At the enforced re-run for the selection of Labour’s prospective Parliamentary candidate in Bradford North, Militant supporter Pat Wall increased his majority from 7 last year to 37, defeating the sitting Labour MP Ben Ford by 49 votes to 12.

When Pat Wall won last year, by 35 votes to 28, the National Executive ordered a re-run on some farcical technical ‘irregularities’. The right wing’s continued manoeuvres fell flat when over a hundred attended the annual meeting in Eccleshill ward it resulted in a left wing majority.

In the re-run no ward nominated Ford, who only gained three nominations compared to Pat’s 21. After the selection meeting two of Ford’s supporters came up to Pat and told him that Ford’s speech had been so bad that they had changed their mind and voted for him.

Bradford North Labour Party members have made clear who they want to fight the next election for Labour, the National Executive must respect that right.

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