Battle lines drawn for Halesowen and Rowley Regis election campaign

THE BATTLE lines have been drawn for the General Election fight between Conservative Halesowen and Rowley Regis MP James Morris and his Labour opponent Stephanie Peacock.

The furore over Labour’s selection problems in Falkirk, Scotland has reached the Black Country with Miss Peacock being forced to defend selection.

Chairman of Halesowen and Rowley Regis Conservative Association launched a broadside against Miss Peacock, who was selected by Labour last month, over her ties to the giant Unite union.

Cllr Alan Taylor, chairman of the Halesowen and Rowley Regis Conservative Association, said: “Local people will obviously look at this leaked report and wonder if Unite stitched up the Labour selection in Halesowen and Rowley Regis like they seem to have stitched up the selection in Falkirk.

He added: “We know that massive trade unions provide almost all of the Labour Party’s money; now we can see what they are getting in return.

“Every day there are more and moe revelations that raise questions about Labour’s selection here.

He added: “People in Halesowen and Rowley Regis will only get the answers they deserve if Ed Miliband does the right thing and launches a full, transparent and open inquiry.”

However, Miss Peacock hit back branding Mr Taylor criticism a “political stunt”. She said: "There is no truth whatsoever in the claims that any rules were broken, it would be wrong to suggest so.

“The process engaged all local party members and I was pleased to receive support from all the local wards across the constituency.

"I live and work locally having grown up in the area. I know that people will see this for what is: a political stunt.

She added: “I hope that this recent statement from the local Conservatives aren't the kind of dirty tricks that James Morris will support over the next two years.

"The next election will be about the living standards of local people who are on average £26 and £32 a week worse of as a result of Treasury tax changes that benefit millionaires in the Cabinet but few people locally. I will be campaigning for local people on the issues that matter to them."

Local Halesowen and Rowley Regis Constituency Labour Party Chair Doug Round said: "We have just gone through a full selection process, run strictly by the rules.

“The overwhelming majority of the member's voted to select a local candidate, who we have all known as a local Labour member since she was a lass.”

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11:40pm Thu 11 Jul 13

Anon2000 says...

I do not think that that the voting was that fair, the council is labour run and you can't tell me they didn't have a strong say in the labour members were supposed to vote for. I think it was a case of you can vote for who you want but it won't do you any favours if you don't vote for Ms Peacock
I do not think that that the voting was that fair, the council is labour run and you can't tell me they didn't have a strong say in the labour members were supposed to vote for. I think it was a case of you can vote for who you want but it won't do you any favours if you don't vote for Ms Peacock Anon2000

11:58pm Thu 11 Jul 13

JohnDoe85 says...

I believe the selection process for Ms Peacock was unjust in many ways, more so in the fact that the Labour Party whips influenced the vote by giving orders on which candidate should be selected.

We live within a democratic society and should be allowed to choose using our own fair judgment not the bullying influence of others. If you take away our democratic values then we become either a communist or dictoriate state.

The Labour Party for Halesowen and Rowley Regis must live with what they have done and bear any consequence as a result, me personally will be voting for Mr Morris for another term as he has conducted himself cleanly and fairly.
I believe the selection process for Ms Peacock was unjust in many ways, more so in the fact that the Labour Party whips influenced the vote by giving orders on which candidate should be selected. We live within a democratic society and should be allowed to choose using our own fair judgment not the bullying influence of others. If you take away our democratic values then we become either a communist or dictoriate state. The Labour Party for Halesowen and Rowley Regis must live with what they have done and bear any consequence as a result, me personally will be voting for Mr Morris for another term as he has conducted himself cleanly and fairly. JohnDoe85

5:02pm Sun 14 Jul 13

I G Cooper says...

Both the article from Cllr Taylor and the - anonymous - claims of the comments indulge in the lowest form of political debate: innuendo without recourse to fact to back them up. Come clean Cllr Taylor about who donates to your party and JohnDoe & Anon - stop hiding behind the skirts of anonymity.

Instead let's have a proper debate about the damage James Morris is doing to Halesowen & Rowley Regis from London when he votes for tax cuts for his millionaire chums and plain old cuts for the rest of us!
Both the article from Cllr Taylor and the - anonymous - claims of the comments indulge in the lowest form of political debate: innuendo without recourse to fact to back them up. Come clean Cllr Taylor about who donates to your party and JohnDoe & Anon - stop hiding behind the skirts of anonymity. Instead let's have a proper debate about the damage James Morris is doing to Halesowen & Rowley Regis from London when he votes for tax cuts for his millionaire chums and plain old cuts for the rest of us! I G Cooper

7:24pm Sun 14 Jul 13

Sam Vimes says...

The real story in this article is that despite decades of utter and complete failure from both of these parties while in power they are still considered the main options. No matter who bankrolls either party they're safe in the knowledge that thousands of local people will still mindlessly vote for them no matter what they do.
The real story in this article is that despite decades of utter and complete failure from both of these parties while in power they are still considered the main options. No matter who bankrolls either party they're safe in the knowledge that thousands of local people will still mindlessly vote for them no matter what they do. Sam Vimes

3:15pm Mon 15 Jul 13

JohnDoe85 says...

I G Cooper wrote:
Both the article from Cllr Taylor and the - anonymous - claims of the comments indulge in the lowest form of political debate: innuendo without recourse to fact to back them up. Come clean Cllr Taylor about who donates to your party and JohnDoe & Anon - stop hiding behind the skirts of anonymity.

Instead let's have a proper debate about the damage James Morris is doing to Halesowen & Rowley Regis from London when he votes for tax cuts for his millionaire chums and plain old cuts for the rest of us!
Nothing wrong with cuts, after all we are in a time of austerity and learning not to live beyond our means.

It's a harsh lesson Sandwell MBC should learn instead of wasting pots of countless cash on the regeneration of West Bromwich while the remainder of the Sandwell borough gets run into to the ground and faces further depravity, try being honest and admit money has been taken from areas of Sandwell to fund the extravagant project ongoing in West Bromwich.
[quote][p][bold]I G Cooper[/bold] wrote: Both the article from Cllr Taylor and the - anonymous - claims of the comments indulge in the lowest form of political debate: innuendo without recourse to fact to back them up. Come clean Cllr Taylor about who donates to your party and JohnDoe & Anon - stop hiding behind the skirts of anonymity. Instead let's have a proper debate about the damage James Morris is doing to Halesowen & Rowley Regis from London when he votes for tax cuts for his millionaire chums and plain old cuts for the rest of us![/p][/quote]Nothing wrong with cuts, after all we are in a time of austerity and learning not to live beyond our means. It's a harsh lesson Sandwell MBC should learn instead of wasting pots of countless cash on the regeneration of West Bromwich while the remainder of the Sandwell borough gets run into to the ground and faces further depravity, try being honest and admit money has been taken from areas of Sandwell to fund the extravagant project ongoing in West Bromwich. JohnDoe85

8:44pm Tue 16 Jul 13

KWhittam says...

James Morris also voted in favour of the destruction of the NHS and against Equal Marriage. Luckily, other MPs with sense voted for us to have equal marriage. However, we're yet to see the full impact of his vote to destroy our NHS, I dread to think what the future holds!
James Morris also voted in favour of the destruction of the NHS and against Equal Marriage. Luckily, other MPs with sense voted for us to have equal marriage. However, we're yet to see the full impact of his vote to destroy our NHS, I dread to think what the future holds! KWhittam

9:07pm Tue 16 Jul 13

Wiggyboom1981+1 says...

I say we should check Mr Morris's computer and see what's on there.... see if there is a correlation between Tory party members???
I say we should check Mr Morris's computer and see what's on there.... see if there is a correlation between Tory party members??? Wiggyboom1981+1

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