Will former Harlow Council leader stand at next General Election?

Politics / Mon 16th Apr 2018 am30 06:18am

Jon Clempner PAH

ON SUNDAY afternoon, Harlow Labour Party selected Laura McAlpine as their candidate for the next General Election.

Soon after, the former Harlow Council leader, Jon Clempner reacted to the news by tweeting the following.

“The likelihood of my standing as an independent candidate in Harlow at the next general election, whenever that is, have just significantly increased”.

Ms McAlpine was the candidate supported by high-profile left wing movement Momentum.

One of the reasons mooted for the Harlow Council leader’s swift departure was a clash between Momentum and Jon Clempner.

Jon Clempner said: “Those who follow my personal social media will know I did not react well to an active campaign against my leadership by a local Momentum organiser.”

Mr Clempner has never named Ms McAlpine as the “local Momentum organiser” and attempts by this paper to clarify this matter have met with a blunt rebuff from Mr Clempner.

However, there is clearly something irking him and it looks like he may well not go gentle into that good night.

One could easily dismiss this as bitter comments from the former leader but they may want to consider that he is a brilliant organiser who could well poll at least 2,000 votes plus at the next General Election.

It may also give him the imeptus to start a Harlow Independents Party of some shape/description that may, say some, be needed if a ruling Harlow Labour council takes its march leftwards.

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5 Comments for Will former Harlow Council leader stand at next General Election?:

2018-04-16 07:49:05

The quickest way from prosperity to poverty is to follow the path of socialism.

2018-04-16 12:20:39

Agreed carra. It's been said for years that the REDS are the greatest spenders of other peoples money. Hasn't Corbyn the RED, already pledged to borrow at least five hundred billion to kick off his mad cap ideals? That's just for starters. V L A Y P.

2018-04-16 16:15:34

I would say this is unlikely, independents don't have a great record in Harlow whatever their previous stripe. Oh yeah! Let's get rid of everything to do with socialism! Apart from, you know, the health service, police, fire, armed forces (all paid for by redistribution of wealth). And I assume you'll have nothing to do with any achievements of trade unions either. I'm sure your bosses will be overjoyed with you giving back all your paid holiday entitlement and five day working week in favour of no time off and seven day a week shift pattern.

2018-04-18 06:03:27

J C is still popular, and generally regarded as being a decent, and honourable man, who was waylaid by his own deceitful labour group and their very RED friends. Wish him good fortune whatever he decides to do. VOTE MOMENTUM at YOUR PERIL.

2018-04-18 13:14:52

jfq . Socialism and what it's become, has got Keir Hardie spinning in his box. What you expound along with your brethren is far removed, as to be unstable and unrecognisable. It used to be divide and conquer, not with this shower, they're doing nicely themselves. Matter of interest, what union do you belong to,if any?

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