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Ray
14 Sep 06,, 17:25
Short faces expulsion for attack on Blair
(Filed: 14/09/2006)

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Clare Short faces "fast-track" disciplinary action for her withering attack on Tony Blair and New Labour and could even be expelled from the party, it has been revealed.

The former International Development Secretary, who quit her post over the Iraq war, said she was "profoundly ashamed" of the Government and called for voters to shun the party to create a hung Parliament.

In an article for the Independent, she also criticised Mr Blair's "craven" support for US policies and said he had made the world a more dangerous place.

She also said she planned to step down at the next election.

But her comments drew a furious response from Jacqui Smith, the chief whip, who branded them "completely unacceptable".

Ms Smith said: "Clare Short's public admission that she would welcome the defeat of her Labour parliamentary colleagues and the Labour Government at the next general election are completely unacceptable. I have previously made this clear to her.

"As Chief Whip, I can recommend the whip be withdrawn from parliamentary colleagues or suspend them from the whip.

"However, Clare Short's comments and actions are so serious, I am now taking the matter further by referring her conduct to the party chair and the general secretary of the Labour Party."

A Labour Party source said action against Ms Short was being "fast-tracked" because Ms Smith and MPs - particularly those in marginal seats - were so "incensed" by her comments.

It had been decided that referring the matter "straight to the top" of the Party would be quicker than removing the Whip while Westminster was in recess.

The source said the frustration with Ms Short was so great that disciplinary action could involve "the full bangs and whistles".

The most serious penalty that could be imposed is expulsion from the party. It is not clear whether potential expulsion could take place before the Labour Party conference begins on Sept 24.

The ex-Cabinet minister held her Birmingham Ladywood seat at the last election with a 6,801 majority.

She refused to rule out a bid to return to Parliament as an independent candidate.
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/main.jhtml?xml=/news/2006/09/14/ushort.xml

This lady is very popular in her constituency and so she will win the byelection even if she is chucked out!

Blair is doing a sloppy job.

He should quit or else the party will fold up!

PubFather
14 Sep 06,, 21:06
This lady is very popular in her constituency and so she will win the byelection even if she is chucked out!

Blair is doing a sloppy job.

He should quit or else the party will fold up!
Could agree more - Tony should have gone right after the election, rather than wanting a self-serving, grandiose exit... he'll end up being remembered negatively because of his hubris

gunnut
14 Sep 06,, 22:50
I think the title of the article is misleading at best, blatant slander at worst.

Observe:

The title


Short faces expulsion for attack on Blair


In reality


But her comments drew a furious response from Jacqui Smith, the chief whip, who branded them "completely unacceptable".

Ms Smith said: "Clare Short's public admission that she would welcome the defeat of her Labour parliamentary colleagues and the Labour Government at the next general election are completely unacceptable. I have previously made this clear to her.

Her party wants to discipline her not for attacking Blair but for publicly wishing their defeat in the next election.

Ray
15 Sep 06,, 18:09
The Labour Party is already in rebellion.

Short would not have been driven to the wall but for this prized ego maniac Blair.

He does not wish to see the writing on the wall.

He is ready to destroy the Labour Party for his own imagined glory!

Even ministers have resigned.

Power hungry zealot!