End of Suspense
We are reliably informed that Cllr Louise “Receipts” Reecejones is no longer the persona non grata of the local Labour Party. Apparently her suspension by the North West Labour Party was lifted on Thursday (the day before we published our story).
It is clear from the information we’ve received there are still some outstanding differences between certain parties. We’d like to think these conflicts could be sorted out swiftly and amicably . However breath holding is not advised as that’s not the way things usually work round here and especially when there are still some layers of this saga to be unwrapped……
Party (Political) Games
Perhaps Cllr Reecejones can put her experience of being suspended to good use and volunteer to sit on the repeatedly delayed Standards Panel. For as we know this panel is supposed to be looking at a report concerning allegations of serious misconduct by other Labour councillors. Nobody can be surprised to hear that the further delays are because they can’t find a Labour councillor willing to sit on the panel.There have been at least two councillors who’ve seen the writing on the wall and shirked their civic duties. Not so much a party political game of pass the parcel as pass the panel.
We can understand why Cllr Matron McLaughlin might of backed out as she would have had to have made a particularly interesting declaration of interest !. However can it be a coincidence that Cllr John Salter , who we understand was briefly mooted for the task , has announced that after 14 years as a Labour councillor will not now be standing at the local elections in May. Well fancy that!.
Indeed rather worryingly we understand that Wirral Council has been looking to set a date for the Standards Panel after the local elections and as late as the end of May !. Even more worryingly this is contingent on those councillors currently nominated for the Standards Panel retaining their positions as councillors . Clearly having seen themselves outnumbered on the panel we understand the Labour group have already cooked up a cunning ruse to even up the score so it is proposed there will be 4 panel members which includes an independent person alongside the original 3 politicians ( 1 Labour , 1 Lib Dem and 1 Conservative) . We can only assume that they are hoping for a Labour landslide at the local elections in the hope they can rig the Standards Panel altogether and guarantee they win the “prize” in this particularly sordid party political game.