JEREMY Corbyn was last night accused of trying to handpick hard-left candidates to run in a snap election.
Labour has infuriated moderates by suspending the selection of new candidates in seats across the country.
Jeremy Corbyn has been accused of selecting hard-left candidates to run in an upcoming election[/caption]
It means that if Boris Johnson calls a snap vote the Corbynista-controlled Labour NEC will get to parachute their allies in as candidates.
Breaking the news to local parties, a Labour official said the national HQ had told them “our parliamentary selection process is to pause with immediate effect”.
They said this is so the party can “concentrate on the trigger ballot processes” – the controversial way in which Labour MPs can be sacked by leftie activists.
A senior Labour MP told The Sun the move smacks of a Corbynista purge.
The MP raged: “They are pausing selections but pressing on with deselections.
“That makes absolutely no sense if you want to win a general election.
“But if your main objective is to try to take over the party through Leninist tactics then it is rational.
“I think there is going to be quite a row over it.”
They added: “They have been so unsuccessful at deselecting Labour MPs so far. This lets the NEC impose their own favourites.”
But Labour denied they had stopped selections in order to tighten Mr Corbyn’s grip on the party.
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A Labour Party spokesperson said: “Selection processes hadn’t started so haven’t been suspended.
“We opened candidate applications in case of an immediate general election, which then didn’t happen.
“We’ve held democratic selections in 117 key marginal seats, ensuring that members can elect their candidates ahead of a possible early election.”
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