This is a total disgrace.
Following the court decision on Phil Woolas, dismissing his appeal (which Phil appears to have taken with grace) Diane Abbott MP has been on the meejah defending that decision. This is what a correspondent writes.
"Diane has just been on Radio 4, defending the Woolas decision and the right of judges to apply electoral law. Well - ok.
However, when the Tory MP for Harlow said that breaking electoral law and the consequent loss of a seat had not occured for over 100 years, Diane said 'Well, yes, it has, actually. There was a female MP in the 1997 parliament who lost her seat because she had broken electoral law'.
This is so sad. Fiona [Jones, MP for Newark 1997-2001] has now been stripped of a name - and it is not even remembered that she was vindicated and was reinstated with not a stain to her name.
The fact is, the Labour Party had decided that Fiona was guilty anyway - even before the original judge had reached a verdict and guilty she has remained.
The nasty shits."
Fiona Jones died several years after leaving Parliament, leaving a husband and two sons. The Labour Party may have decided to un-person her ten years ago, and most may have forgotten her now, but some of us remember. I for one dedicated my little story of my life in politics to Fiona's memory. Pity a serving Labour MP, who recently had ambitions to lead the party, not only could not remember that Fiona Jones was found innocent by the courts, but could not even remember her name.