As the Notice of Poll goes out, beware of decoy candidates fielded by County Durham Labour Party, the embarrassing relative that the national Labour Party pretends does not exist. The fielding of decoy candidates is one of its several dirty tricks.
Others include the award of irregular contracts, the issuing of a mere caution to a Council Officer who gazumped land fees, the letting off of Councillors who failed to pay Council Tax, the failure of Councillors to declare interests, the promotion of their own businesses, the refusal to respond to Freedom of Information Requests, and the refusal to provide information to non-Labour candidates. Indeed, the telephone number listed on the Council's website for requesting nomination papers does not in fact exist.
It is easy to laugh at the waste of five thousand pounds on a bus shelter that was not on a bus route, and that kind of thing. But the overall picture is very nasty indeed. Such are Jeremy Corbyn's Labour enemies when they are in power.