Reprimand for Labour group

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The Peterborough Labour Group will undergo training after the suspension of one of its councillors was overturned due to “significant discrepancies and contradictions” in the evidence against him.

Peterborough parliamentary candidate Ed Murphy had his indefinite suspension from the group overturned last month after he launched an appeal.

A report compiled after the appeal was upheld, which has been seen by the Peterborough Telegraph, stated there were concerns regarding the proper use of procedures in suspending Councillor Murphy, who represents Ravensthorpe Ward on Peterborough City Council.

Several questions were sent to the East of England Labour Party, including what the signficant discrepancies and contradictions of evidence were, but a spokesman refused to even read the questions. He said: “We do not issue any statements on internal party procedures.”

The report into the appeal written by Eileen Davidson, chair of the Regional Board for the East of England Labour Party, said: “All elected Labour councillors must be aware that they have to act at all times within the mandate of the Labour Group.”

The report states that the Peterborough Labour Group (PLG) has a duty to: “Operate at all times as a group in an effective and comradely fashion.”

Several recommendations were made in the report. One said: “At all times we should be seeking to avoid damaging Labour’s reputation and standing within our local communities.”

The report states that all members of the PLG will attend training, with a progress report submitted within six months to the Regional Board.

Cllr Murphy said: “I’m pleased with the appeal decision. I think the regional party carried it out in an excellent manner. I’m not able to comment on any document that may have been leaked.”

Cllr Murphy lost at the 2010 General Election to Conservative Stewart Jackson.

Minutes of the PLG AGM in May, mistakenly sent to the PT, suggested that Cllr Murphy was being investigated for his use of social media.