A Labour Councillor, Miranda Grell, a so called "rising star" and leading force in Waltham Forest Labour, has been found guilty in court of maliciously telling lies about her political opponent and has been fined and banned from political office for three years.
The question though is, given her defence that she claimed that she did not accuse her Lib Dem opponent of doing anything illegal (the court disagreed), is why she thinks it is okay to say that all she did was "out" the Lib Dem candidate of being gay and of having a boyfriend 20 years his junior (although this was untrue) ?
Her defence seems to be that she has sirred up homosexual hatred, and that is all. in my view this is bad enough in itself, but given that she has admitted this, why has the Labour Party been standing by her ?
The court actually saw things differently. They believed the numerous witnesses who said she had told them that the Lib Dem candidate had an underage boyfriend and that she had implied he was some sort of pervert.
What action will Labour take on this. The gay press certainly should take of its rose tinted spectacles when it comes to the way they view Labour. I ran a by-election campaign in Norfolk in 1994 where the Lib Dem candidate was openly gay and Labour used it on the doorstep to put people off him. it didn't work because he was so "open" that people already knew, but it told me a lot about the values of the Labour Party.
When you realise that Miranda Grell, the woman in this case still has the vocal support of Labour MP's and Labour activists (as highlighted by Lib Dem blogger Andy Mayer HERE), you can see just how nasty a party the Labour Party really are.