A former Bristol City Labour Councillor who was recently shortlisted as a potential candidate for Doug Naysmith’s Bristol North West seat has responded to allegations of corruption in Bristol Labour Party by agreeing “we have our problems”.
Kelvin Blake the former councillor for Filwood Ward who was recently disabled in a motorcycling accident was responding to an allegation that:
In this city whenever you find the Labour Party or its friends and business partners around government funding you can also discover appalling bad practice, nepotism, poor accounting, favouritism, cover-ups, dodgy references, redeployments, gagging orders etc. It’s so rife, it’s a waste of time pretending otherwise.
While firmly distancing himself from such conduct – “I can’t be implicated,” he said – he went on to agree that: “We have our problems but the other [parties] outshine us in the problem department everytime.”
So that’s all right then!
This shocking admission comes after many years of unrest regarding the conduct of certain Bristol Labour Party members, former members and their close associates working, volunteering and on occasions randomly interfering in the city council funded voluntary, community and regeneration sector.
Many voluntary organisations including Filwood Community Centre, Southmead Development Trust, Easton Community Centre and CEED have developed inexplicable and confusing financial problems over the last ten years.
The city council department responsible for the provision and monitoring of grants to these organisations – Community Development – has also come under fire on a number of occasions for its apparently persistent inability to properly monitor the public funds it disburses and for an almost non-existent record at detecting and preventing poor financial management and fraudulent activity.
Voscur, the city’s supposedly independent representatives for community organisations, also funded by the city council, has been criticised in the past too for supporting the Bristol Labour Party view over that of its members.
Bristol Labour Party has run the city now – except for a short break 2005 – 2007 – since the mid 80s and Bristol is often informally referred to as “a Labour Rotten Borough”.
Blake failed to explain how Bristol’s other political parties “outshine us in the problem department everytime”
The Bristol Blogger’s school truancy report, complete with – wait for it! – the Labour’s Education Exec’s blatant and undeclared conflict of interest – is coming soon.