The Staggers 16 March 2015 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. Karie Murphy is not on the Halifax shortlist. Photo: YouTube screengrab Sign UpGet the New Statesman's Morning Call email. Sign-up There are reports that Karie Murphy has been excluded from the Labour candidacy list in Halifax. Senior Unite people angry re Harriet Harman role in blocking Karie Murphy in Halifax. "I assume she was forced into this," says one source — Michael Crick (@MichaelLCrick) March 16, 2015 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: Karie Murphy confirms she has been blocked as a Labour candidate in Halifax pic.twitter.com/JpGhp1Ajqw — John Stevens (@johnestevens) March 16, 2015 › The voters won't forget Cameron's record, no matter what's in the budget Subscribe For daily analysis & more political coverage from Westminster and beyond subscribe for just £1 per month!