Karie Murphy is not on the Halifax shortlist. Photo: YouTube screengrab
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Unite's Karie Murphy is not on the shortlist to be Labour candidate in Halifax

The former candidate for Falkirk, who was reinstated after a vote-rigging scandal, is not included in the Halifax selection list.

There are reports that Karie Murphy has been excluded from the Labour candidacy list in Halifax.

Murphy, Labour's former candidate in Falkirk – which was at the centre of a vote-rigging scandal last year – applied to stand for the marginal seat of Halifax last week.

She was suspended from the party last year, amid accusations that the union Unite had attempted to massage the selection process in her favour. She was cleared of wrongdoing and allowed back into the party.

If the union's preferred candidate has been kept off the shortlist in Halifax, there could be ugly words to come between them and Labour HQ.

Here's her statement:

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Word of the week: Michellania


Each week The Staggers will pick a new word to describe our uncharted political and socioeconomic territory. 

After brash Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump paraded his family at the national convention, the word of the week is:

Michellania (n)

A speech made of words and phrases gathered from different sources, such as Michelle Obama speeches and Rick Astley lyrics.

Usage: 

"I listened hard, but all I heard was michellania."

"Can you really tell the difference between all this michellania?"

"This michellania - you couldn't make it up."

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