Sometimes it just just isn't your week. maybe your biorhythms are playing up, or maybe your luck is just out. For Ruth Turner it's been a terrible few days. And according to Tribune Magazine it may get even worse, for she stands accused of interfering in Labour Party candidate selections and bending Party rules.
"A formal complaint has been made by a deselected sitting MP [Ian Stewart] who was told he could not have access to party records because it had been decided he was "going to the Lords". Downing Street, senior Blairite party officials and at least one loyalist MP are embroiled in the allegations of irregularities, which point to a concerted effort to oust non-Blairites from standing...Downing Street insiders and senior ministers have confirmed that Ruth Turner, Number 10's director of government relations, co-ordinated party staff, MPs and ministers to assist Ms [Barbara] Keeley. Ms Turner is paid by Labour and is technically a member of the party's staff. As such, she is bound by the party's rules, which state that staff are barred from actively supporting any candidate in internal party elections or selections. Ms Turner was contacted on several occasions but did not return Tribune's calls."
That maybe because she was, er, otherwise engaged with Inspector Knacker, perhaps. It all concerns the selections in Salford where Barbara Keeley beat off Ian Strwart for the nomination and he now has to beat off the challenge from Hazel Blears. The full story is HERE on LabourHome and very entertaining reading it is too.