Ballot boxes tampered with inside Labour HQ as daughter of Blair's aide is hit by new voting scandal
Labour was plunged into fresh chaos last night after a ballot box containing votes for a key parliamentary selection contest was broken into at its national headquarters in London.
Party bosses were forced to scrap yesterday’s selection meeting for the Erith and Thamesmead constituency after discovering that postal votes in the sealed box – stored at Labour’s base opposite Scotland Yard – had been ripped up.
Labour chiefs launched an inquiry but ‘control freak’ party officials were accused of trying to cover up the scandal by threatening to ban any candidates from standing in a re-run of the contest if they spoke to the media about the incident.
The Labour selection – featuring Georgia Gould, 22, daughter of Tony Blair’s polling guru Lord Gould – has been mired in controversy.
Brilliant Oxford graduate Ms Gould has impeccable Blairite credentials and has worked for Mr Blair’s Faith Foundation. Prominent Blairites, including former No10 spin doctor Alastair Campbell and Cabinet Minister Tessa Jowell, were accused of meddling on her behalf.