Pendle MP in call for probe into candidate selection

Burnley and Pendle Citizen: MP Andrew Stephenson MP Andrew Stephenson

PENDLE Tory MP Andrew Stephenson has asked Labour leader Ed Miliband to investigate the party’s selection of Azhar Ali as its candidate for the seat at the next election.

His call comes as the party in Blackburn revealed the names of the nine women officially seeking to succeed Jack Straw in May next year.

County Coun Ali was chosen from 18 hopefuls to fight the marginal seat in September last year.

Now Mr Stephenson has written to Mr Miliband claiming there is ‘disquiet in the Pendle Labour Party over postal voting and the way in which your Parliamentary candidate Azhar Ali was selected’.

The MP is concerned about the role of the Unite union, of which Coun Ali is a member, in the process and an increase of 100 people in the constituency party membership.

Mr Stephenson said: “I would therefore urge you to conduct an investigation into the selection process as a matter of urgency.”

Coun Ali said: “This is an out of touch Tory MP who does not want to talk about the real issues to voters of Pendle including the cost of living crisis, and the government’s attack on the National Health Service. He is running scared and I challenge him to a public debate on the issues to matter to the people of Pendle.”

Blackburn Labour party secretary Phil Riley said nine people had officially entered the contest to be Labour’s candidate in May 2015 and local party branches and affiliated unions have two weeks to make nominations.

The list is headed by Blackburn with Darwen borough leader Kate Hollern and Manchester city councillor Nasrin Ali.

A Labour North West spokesperson said: “The Labour Party is committed to ensuring that selections are fair. Calls for an investigation of the Pendle parliamentary selection are unfounded and political opportunism.”

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5:03pm Tue 18 Feb 14

coates warder says...

think nelsons MP not pendles mp.is getting jittery over losing his seat and all the nelsons asian vote.vote rigging has been rife in nelson for decades and only now he wants it investigating. thought 27 votes from a 2 bed house in nelson was a bit of a give-away ...dont you.
think nelsons MP not pendles mp.is getting jittery over losing his seat and all the nelsons asian vote.vote rigging has been rife in nelson for decades and only now he wants it investigating. thought 27 votes from a 2 bed house in nelson was a bit of a give-away ...dont you. coates warder

7:29pm Tue 18 Feb 14

katy121 says...

azhar ali what a joke havent seen him in the walverden area since he got voted in as county councillor which he only got in with the amount of postal votes he got andrew stephenson is a great mp and tries to help a lot of people unlike azhar who only looks out for things for another photo opportunity
azhar ali what a joke havent seen him in the walverden area since he got voted in as county councillor which he only got in with the amount of postal votes he got andrew stephenson is a great mp and tries to help a lot of people unlike azhar who only looks out for things for another photo opportunity katy121

11:17pm Tue 18 Feb 14

sheepdip says...

This has been going on for years and every Election we are told it will be sorted out by the powers that be
It might be going on in all partys but it is the Labour party who sem to be the worse now we have their own members complaining about postal fraud at their own selection meetings .
In your paper and the local Leader Times no one from the Party will come out and defend the postal vote farce because it is probebly true.
This has been going on for years and every Election we are told it will be sorted out by the powers that be It might be going on in all partys but it is the Labour party who sem to be the worse now we have their own members complaining about postal fraud at their own selection meetings . In your paper and the local Leader Times no one from the Party will come out and defend the postal vote farce because it is probebly true. sheepdip

10:52am Wed 19 Feb 14

Lancs - pensioner says...

Vote UKIP and get the lot of them out, that's the problem people are to lazy to vote, believe you me it can make difference this time!!
Vote UKIP and get the lot of them out, that's the problem people are to lazy to vote, believe you me it can make difference this time!! Lancs - pensioner

4:00pm Thu 20 Feb 14

JNAMOULDING says...

Lancs - pensioner wrote:
Vote UKIP and get the lot of them out, that's the problem people are to lazy to vote, believe you me it can make difference this time!!
good comment , Lancs-pensioner,

I for one will be glad to see the back of our so-called MP Stephenson as he fobbed me off when i needed his support over an important issue against the Social Sevices ,plus it will be good to open newspapers without seeing his mug shots as a do-good'' !
[quote][p][bold]Lancs - pensioner[/bold] wrote: Vote UKIP and get the lot of them out, that's the problem people are to lazy to vote, believe you me it can make difference this time!![/p][/quote]good comment , Lancs-pensioner, I for one will be glad to see the back of our so-called MP Stephenson as he fobbed me off when i needed his support over an important issue against the Social Sevices ,plus it will be good to open newspapers without seeing his mug shots as a do-good'' ! JNAMOULDING

4:18pm Thu 20 Feb 14

JNAMOULDING says...

katy121 wrote:
azhar ali what a joke havent seen him in the walverden area since he got voted in as county councillor which he only got in with the amount of postal votes he got andrew stephenson is a great mp and tries to help a lot of people unlike azhar who only looks out for things for another photo opportunity
Andrew Stephenson a great MP, Katy that's a joke on it's own'' !
[quote][p][bold]katy121[/bold] wrote: azhar ali what a joke havent seen him in the walverden area since he got voted in as county councillor which he only got in with the amount of postal votes he got andrew stephenson is a great mp and tries to help a lot of people unlike azhar who only looks out for things for another photo opportunity[/p][/quote]Andrew Stephenson a great MP, Katy that's a joke on it's own'' ! JNAMOULDING

10:37am Fri 21 Feb 14

David Richardson says...

Lancs - pensioner wrote:
Vote UKIP and get the lot of them out, that's the problem people are to lazy to vote, believe you me it can make difference this time!!
I understand the temptations to vote UKIP.... BUT

Voting for UKIP will definitely mean you get Azhar Ali as Pendle's MP.

If you vote UKIP you will get Labour.
[quote][p][bold]Lancs - pensioner[/bold] wrote: Vote UKIP and get the lot of them out, that's the problem people are to lazy to vote, believe you me it can make difference this time!![/p][/quote]I understand the temptations to vote UKIP.... BUT Voting for UKIP will definitely mean you get Azhar Ali as Pendle's MP. If you vote UKIP you will get Labour. David Richardson

1:34pm Sat 22 Feb 14

JNAMOULDING says...

David Richardson wrote:
Lancs - pensioner wrote:
Vote UKIP and get the lot of them out, that's the problem people are to lazy to vote, believe you me it can make difference this time!!
I understand the temptations to vote UKIP.... BUT

Voting for UKIP will definitely mean you get Azhar Ali as Pendle's MP.

If you vote UKIP you will get Labour.
so if we do get Azhar Ali as MP what is the problem with that ,at least he might spend less time on photo shoots and towing the party line and deal with important issues that affect the public'' !
[quote][p][bold]David Richardson[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Lancs - pensioner[/bold] wrote: Vote UKIP and get the lot of them out, that's the problem people are to lazy to vote, believe you me it can make difference this time!![/p][/quote]I understand the temptations to vote UKIP.... BUT Voting for UKIP will definitely mean you get Azhar Ali as Pendle's MP. If you vote UKIP you will get Labour.[/p][/quote]so if we do get Azhar Ali as MP what is the problem with that ,at least he might spend less time on photo shoots and towing the party line and deal with important issues that affect the public'' ! JNAMOULDING

4:41pm Sat 22 Feb 14

katy121 says...

if azhar ali gets to be mp he will do what he does now nothing he is all for a photo and nothing else as for mr stephenson yes in my opinion he is a good mp and no thats not a joke
if azhar ali gets to be mp he will do what he does now nothing he is all for a photo and nothing else as for mr stephenson yes in my opinion he is a good mp and no thats not a joke katy121

9:38pm Sat 22 Feb 14

JNAMOULDING says...

katy121 wrote:
if azhar ali gets to be mp he will do what he does now nothing he is all for a photo and nothing else as for mr stephenson yes in my opinion he is a good mp and no thats not a joke
Katy, like iv'e stated ther's only one thing Stephenson is good for that's towing the party line if you can tell me one thing he is good for i might listen ?

I know one thing for sure he wasn't in the least interested when i raised a very serious complaint against the Social workers who made invented hurtful false allegations against our good family name to justify their unjust actions in their secret family Court where they wouldn't allow us in to attened to defend the invented allegations against perverted Justice thats all i can say about that for legal reasons,
I only contacted MP Stephenson when the Lancashire County Council covered the complaint up but i may as well not have bothered as he sided with the Social Services and the Lancashire County Council
nor can we obtain Legal Aid that's also down to our so-called MP who voted all in favour of Legal Aid cuts amongst over cuts that affect the poor ,as we are only on state pension how are we to have Justice may be you can ask Stephenson seeing you put him on a pedestal ''
I END MY CASE''

how would you feel being let down by the last person who should and could have helped you''!
[quote][p][bold]katy121[/bold] wrote: if azhar ali gets to be mp he will do what he does now nothing he is all for a photo and nothing else as for mr stephenson yes in my opinion he is a good mp and no thats not a joke[/p][/quote]Katy, like iv'e stated ther's only one thing Stephenson is good for that's towing the party line if you can tell me one thing he is good for i might listen ? I know one thing for sure he wasn't in the least interested when i raised a very serious complaint against the Social workers who made invented hurtful false allegations against our good family name to justify their unjust actions in their secret family Court where they wouldn't allow us in to attened to defend the invented allegations against perverted Justice thats all i can say about that for legal reasons, I only contacted MP Stephenson when the Lancashire County Council covered the complaint up but i may as well not have bothered as he sided with the Social Services and the Lancashire County Council nor can we obtain Legal Aid that's also down to our so-called MP who voted all in favour of Legal Aid cuts amongst over cuts that affect the poor ,as we are only on state pension how are we to have Justice may be you can ask Stephenson seeing you put him on a pedestal '' I END MY CASE'' how would you feel being let down by the last person who should and could have helped you''! JNAMOULDING

4:31pm Sun 23 Feb 14

katy121 says...

i am not botherd if u dont want to listern in my opinion mr Stephenson is a good mp i know u think different but this is my opinion if its a choice between him and azhar ali i know who i will vote for not up to me to defend mr stephenson but if not happy with him leave a message on Facebook
i am not botherd if u dont want to listern in my opinion mr Stephenson is a good mp i know u think different but this is my opinion if its a choice between him and azhar ali i know who i will vote for not up to me to defend mr stephenson but if not happy with him leave a message on Facebook katy121

4:35pm Sun 23 Feb 14

katy121 says...

oh and no i dont put him on a pedestal just think he is a good mp i wouldnt go that far
oh and no i dont put him on a pedestal just think he is a good mp i wouldnt go that far katy121

4:06pm Mon 24 Feb 14

JNAMOULDING says...

katy121 wrote:
i am not botherd if u dont want to listern in my opinion mr Stephenson is a good mp i know u think different but this is my opinion if its a choice between him and azhar ali i know who i will vote for not up to me to defend mr stephenson but if not happy with him leave a message on Facebook
don't do facebook Katy we leave that to the children ,
as for messages we have enough paper work that we have sent to Mr Stephenson on the subject to re-paper our spare bedroom''

we note you keep saying Stephenson is a good MP but you don't say good for what ?
but if you want to vote for an MP who votes in favour of making life harder for the disadvantaged i.e. bedroom tax just to mention one thing'' ! then that's your choice,
take care Katy,
[quote][p][bold]katy121[/bold] wrote: i am not botherd if u dont want to listern in my opinion mr Stephenson is a good mp i know u think different but this is my opinion if its a choice between him and azhar ali i know who i will vote for not up to me to defend mr stephenson but if not happy with him leave a message on Facebook[/p][/quote]don't do facebook Katy we leave that to the children , as for messages we have enough paper work that we have sent to Mr Stephenson on the subject to re-paper our spare bedroom'' we note you keep saying Stephenson is a good MP but you don't say good for what ? but if you want to vote for an MP who votes in favour of making life harder for the disadvantaged i.e. bedroom tax just to mention one thing'' ! then that's your choice, take care Katy, JNAMOULDING

6:50pm Mon 24 Feb 14

elfnsafety says...

The trouble with your rant against the current MP, JNA MOULDING, is that you say you can't explain your case due to legal reasons. How is anyone else supposed to judge whether your complaint is well founded, or whether you are a bad loser who bad mouths anyone who doesn't see your point of view?
Don't think your view of Pendle's MP is a balanced one.
The trouble with your rant against the current MP, JNA MOULDING, is that you say you can't explain your case due to legal reasons. How is anyone else supposed to judge whether your complaint is well founded, or whether you are a bad loser who bad mouths anyone who doesn't see your point of view? Don't think your view of Pendle's MP is a balanced one. elfnsafety

7:40pm Mon 24 Feb 14

katy121 says...

i do facebook and last time i looked im not a child rant all u want u only have to look in the paper to see the things mr Stephenson has done as for the bedroom tax why not i have to pay all my rent on my wage not benefit s but my wage nobody gives me any money i agre with u elfnsafety
i do facebook and last time i looked im not a child rant all u want u only have to look in the paper to see the things mr Stephenson has done as for the bedroom tax why not i have to pay all my rent on my wage not benefit s but my wage nobody gives me any money i agre with u elfnsafety katy121

8:29pm Mon 24 Feb 14

JNAMOULDING says...

elfnsafety wrote:
The trouble with your rant against the current MP, JNA MOULDING, is that you say you can't explain your case due to legal reasons. How is anyone else supposed to judge whether your complaint is well founded, or whether you are a bad loser who bad mouths anyone who doesn't see your point of view?
Don't think your view of Pendle's MP is a balanced one.
elfnsafety,
that's no rant as you call it ?but the truth i fail to see what you find hard to understand ?
like i've stated your right i can't mention the case for Legal reasons but if you read my so-called rant properly it clearly states complaint against Social Workers'' who perverted the course of Justice against our good family name in their secret family Court to justify their action that we wasn't allowed in the Court to defend ourselves but MP Stephenson think's that's ok ,has he did nothing to help us,
[quote][p][bold]elfnsafety[/bold] wrote: The trouble with your rant against the current MP, JNA MOULDING, is that you say you can't explain your case due to legal reasons. How is anyone else supposed to judge whether your complaint is well founded, or whether you are a bad loser who bad mouths anyone who doesn't see your point of view? Don't think your view of Pendle's MP is a balanced one.[/p][/quote]elfnsafety, that's no rant as you call it ?but the truth i fail to see what you find hard to understand ? like i've stated your right i can't mention the case for Legal reasons but if you read my so-called rant properly it clearly states complaint against Social Workers'' who perverted the course of Justice against our good family name in their secret family Court to justify their action that we wasn't allowed in the Court to defend ourselves but MP Stephenson think's that's ok ,has he did nothing to help us, JNAMOULDING

9:29pm Mon 24 Feb 14

JNAMOULDING says...

katy121 wrote:
i do facebook and last time i looked im not a child rant all u want u only have to look in the paper to see the things mr Stephenson has done as for the bedroom tax why not i have to pay all my rent on my wage not benefit s but my wage nobody gives me any money i agre with u elfnsafety
then you are very lucky to be working Katy some people are to disabled and ill to work yet still have to pay b/t thats something Stephenson should have been voting against not for .as for facebook i find twitter much better you can even follow MP Stephenson, L.O.L.

the only thing i see in the Local papers these days is Stephenson on his photo shoots it's like looking through his photo album .it's just a pitty he dosen't spend as much time listening to important issues ,at the very least he could have had the decency to see me face to face over the serious complaint i have with the SS instead of passing me on to one of his case workers'' !
[quote][p][bold]katy121[/bold] wrote: i do facebook and last time i looked im not a child rant all u want u only have to look in the paper to see the things mr Stephenson has done as for the bedroom tax why not i have to pay all my rent on my wage not benefit s but my wage nobody gives me any money i agre with u elfnsafety[/p][/quote]then you are very lucky to be working Katy some people are to disabled and ill to work yet still have to pay b/t thats something Stephenson should have been voting against not for .as for facebook i find twitter much better you can even follow MP Stephenson, L.O.L. the only thing i see in the Local papers these days is Stephenson on his photo shoots it's like looking through his photo album .it's just a pitty he dosen't spend as much time listening to important issues ,at the very least he could have had the decency to see me face to face over the serious complaint i have with the SS instead of passing me on to one of his case workers'' ! JNAMOULDING

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