|Karen Constantine & Election Agent Kaz Peet|
The Labour Party in Ramsgate, as nationally, is now beginning the process of selecting its Parliamentary Candidate for the next General Election. Although I am currently not a member of the Party I’m very interested in who the Party locally might choose as its candidate. If their choice is an honest, hard-working, socialist with sound moral and ethical principles then I, for one, will vote for that person in the hope that he or she would be my representative in parliament.
However, it appears that the selection process is becoming a catalyst for broader discontent and concern amongst members of the Ramsgate Labour Party. Indeed, a number of them have contacted me over the past few weeks.
|Election Agent Peet|
One issue which has come up repeatedly is an alleged case of election campaign-related vandalism during the May 2017 Kent County Council elections. The members who have expressed their concern over this issue, have said it involved the Labour Party election agent, Kaz Peet.
From what my sources have told me it would appear that Ms Peet, and several Labour Party members, including their KCC election candidates, were canvassing in Cliffsend. It is alleged that Ms Peet became involved in a doorstep argument with a voter and that afterwards Ms Peet is said to have vandalised property belonging to the person she argued with.
I understand that the alleged act of vandalism was captured on CCTV and that the person concerned submitted a formal complaint to the Labour Party about the actions of its election agent. My contacts tell me that rather than discipline the alleged vandal, the Ramsgate Labour Party bosses decided instead to strike a deal whereby a senior member of the Labour Party paid over £300 to the aggrieved person to avoid any bad publicity that may affect the outcome of the election. If this is true, the Labour Party has a lot of explaining to do, and besides which, why didn’t Ms Peet pay the damages herself. She reportedly runs a successful Airbnb business from her home and rents out a property in Todmorden.
Ms Peet, readers will remember, was also involved, along with wannabe MP Karen Constantine, in the ‘Lushgate’ scandal of a year ago, in which the pair syphoned off charitable donations destined for homeless and poor people in London which they resold at the Churchill Tavern Ramsgate to raise money for the Karen Constantine KCC election campaign. It was only when a journalist from a national newspaper contacted them that they decided to apologise and give the money to local charities.