Greenwich Labour politicians call for change after leader Chris Roberts' foul-mouthed voicemail (From News Shopper)
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Greenwich Labour politicians call for change after leader Chris Roberts' foul-mouthed voicemail
A GREENWICH Labour council candidate who criticised her party over the leader's sweary voicemail has been backed by Labour politicians angling for Nick Raynsford's parliamentary seat.
An allegation of bullying propmpted by the voicemail has now been sent to the Greenwich Labour Group for investigation, leading to fears it could get brushed under the carpet.
But Blackheath Westcombe Labour candidate Cherry Parker wrote on her website at the weekend: "Over the last week it has become painfully clear that we aren’t doing enough to live up to our values.
"It is extraordinary that we have allowed things to get to a point where expletive-laden rows are splashed across the front of the local press."
She wrote: "All of our work is now at risk. Next time our team is out on the doorstep, we will be asked to explain what is going in the Labour group and what we are doing to fix it.
"I don’t know what answer I can give, but I do know that silence is not an option for me, and it is no longer an option for my colleagues."
Her comments immediately appeared to be given backing by prospective Labour candidates for the Greenwich and Woolwich parliamentary seat, which is being vacated by veteran MP Nick Raynsford at the next election.
David Prescott tweeted: "Just read @CherryParker's piece. We really do need a completely fresh start."
Serving Greenwich councillor Matthew Pennycook wrote: "The decades-old culture of Greenwich politics must change. We need to kick machine politics out of the Labour Party."
And Lewisham Council's Councillor Kevin Bonavia tweeted: "If we're to attract people to what's possible in politics, old-style culture in Greenwich must change."
Kathy Peach wrote: "Many members have shared similar concerns with me over the last few weeks. We need a different political culture."
And Len Duvall said in a statement: "I do not normally comment on internal, local Labour Party matters. However, these are serious and worrying allegations that warrant an urgent and thorough investigation."
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