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Labour MPs try to fudge their Union Pasts

“There is a pattern of forgetfulness in the published information about Labour Party candidates, including MPs” says National MP Annabel Young. “All the biographical details, e.g. on their web-site, carefully understate the union involvement of the Labour Party candidates.”

The biographies of Rick Barker and Geoff Braybrooke are cited as examples of the planned forgetfulness of the Labour Party when putting its campaigning material together.

“Both these Labour MPs have a history of union involvement and activism but you would never guess it from the Labour Party materials. Rick Barker’s biography makes it look as though he never had a job before he was an MP. Braybrooke’s biography makes it look as though he entered Parliament straight from the Army. In both cases they have a strong union involvement prior to being MPs. What are they trying to hide?”

Annabel Young said that the prior history of all the Labour MPs has become an issue because the Labour Party is trying to keep its union focus out of the limelight.


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