Oh dear, just when I thought it couldn't get any worse, labour members have demanded the result of the Edinburgh East candidate selection process be overturned after accusing officials of presiding over a postal votes scandal. The poll was won by former councillor and housing convenor Sheila Gilmore earlier this month. She beat lawyer Catriona Munro by a single vote.
But 15 members of the party, including one of the two scrutineers, have written to Labour's ruling National Executive Committee, condemning the result as 'tainted'. Twelve breaches of the Labour Party's own rulebook and of Electoral Commission guidelines were identified by the members, including the lack of postal vote verification.
Discrepancies highlighted in the petition include that there was no list of verified postal voters. The postal votes were not kept in a secure sealed box at the hustings but were transported in a plastic bag. There were also only two scrutineers, both of them male, rather than the requisite 12, of whom half are mean to be women.
A Labour spokesman said, "Of course we will look at the letter but there is no evidence to suggest that this was anything but a well-run selection process."
What hope have labour when they can't even read and follow their own rule book. Poor Ian Gray, he certainly doesn't have to seek his troubles does he.