- Wed Feb 17, 2016 9:15 pm
I don't know if you have anything to do with new member applications, LJB, but it doesn't work like that.
People can sign up online and the first the local party knows is when they are informed by HQ that new members are now registered in their constituency. Names only. CLPs are expected to do the due diligence (I know, because it's me that does it). If, for some reason, that isn't done, or the fact that the new member is a paedophile is missed, perhaps it was never widely reported in the first place, or the offences were committed before all news was available on the net, then they will make it through. The default position is acceptance.
The central party doesn't make any checks (in fact they explicitly passed the job to constituencies) and I imagine the resources to do it don't exist.
So it happens. The only answer can be to expel them once it comes to light, which isn't instant. So the party in question (and I can't imagine other parties are any different) is seen in a dodgy light. Tant pis.
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