TIMES EXCLUSIVEAstonishing in-house 'harassment and bullying' row leaves:
Entire Labour Party branch suspended for over a year
Detectives drafted in, to probe financial allegations
Labour fearing 2010 local election disaster
Party bosses ordering wall of silence
AN ENTIRE South Yorkshire Labour Party branch has been suspended for over a YEAR – after an astonishing in-house row between its members, the Times can reveal.
At one stage, detectives were even drafted into the investigate fraud allegations, amid claims and counter-claims of "bullying and harassment". But no-wrong-doing was found.
The wrangle has resulted in the branch's activities being
suspended until 2010 – amid Labour Party fears that the electorate will turn its back on the branch at next year's elections.
Labour chiefs have ordered a news blackout on the affair. An internal investigation report said all concerned should be warned that "speaking with/assisting the press will not be tolerated".
But the Times has been given a copy of the report into the row that has rocked the North Dearne Labour Party branch.
And now the lid can be lifted on the affair, that has remained secret since it first began, with the suspension of the branch last October.
Full story in this week's South Yorkshire Times (April 16).
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