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You cheeky Tucker

As the latest Jake Morrison furore hits the nationals, Larry Neild calls for a truce

Written by . Published on August 21st 2013.

You cheeky Tucker

THERE was a time when political fall-outs took place in smoky committee rooms, away from the prying eyes and ears of the general masses. 

Whether it was a shaking of hands, a banging of he

ads or an agreement to disagree, the aim was to smooth things over and get on with the job of politics. 

At the moment neither side are
doing themselves any favours

Today, as the new Dr Who prepares to save the 21st century world, the Twittersphere, YouTube and social media sites have become the new battlegrounds. 

And so it was with the latest skirmish, between estranged Cllr Jake Morrison and the Labour Party, played out first on the local stage before migrating to the national spotlight. 

Morrison, not yet 21, is still very much a new kid on the political block, and perhaps with the wisdom a few more years brings, he will reflect on how well, or otherwise, he fought his battle. Earlier this year, feeling bullied by MP Luciana Berger and badly treated by the local Labour Party, he laid his cards, and his heart, on the Miliband table, hoping Ed would sort things out.

Before the battle went viral, he announced his intentions to stand down in 2015 when his current term of office in the council chamber comes to an end. As swords and teeth were flashing and gnashing, Morrison went one further and quit his Labour membership. He’s now a political free radical, the very kind of person feared by even the most hardened party whip. 

Alan Dean Is Likened To Malcolm Tucker In The Daily MailAlan Dean is likened to Malcolm Tucker in The Daily Mail

You might think that with the collective years of experience on Labour's side, somebody could have taken Morrison under their wing and restored harmony where there was disharmony, peace where there was war. 

Instead, this week we have been able to listen to a most robust message left on Morrison's voicemail when the issue first exploded a few months ago. Labour’s Chief Whip, the highly experienced veteran politician Cllr Alan Dean, used the most colourful language – the expletives thundering out out on Jake’s YouTube channel.

JoeJoe's letter to Jake
(click to see full screen)
Then came round two: an email to Morrison from Liverpool’s elected mayor, Joe Anderson, threatening legal action for defamation. That too ended up in a correspondent’s dispatch from the front line of Liverpool politics.

It was a toss-up which of the national papers would associate Dean’s brief message with TV's fictional spin doctor Malcolm Tucker from The Thick of It. The fact that actor Peter Capaldi, who plays Tucker, is the next Dr Who, gives the Jake voicemail story added news desk appeal. Enter stage left (or should that be far right), The Daily Mail. I bet Dean never expected his mugshot to be alongside that of the new Dr Who in a national newspaper. 

There will be no winners in this battle. Jake has announced his intention to stand against his nemesis Luciana Berger at the 2015 General Election.

He’s more or less been banished to the never-never benches in the council chamber, and Labour’s top people – from the Mayor to the Chief Whip and others are making headlines for all the wrong reasons.

Perhaps they should hire Bishop Jones to broker a truce, then a reconciliation.

Failing that it just takes someone to be The Grown Up. At the moment neither side are doing themselves any favours. One is in danger of being seen as petulant and the other a gang of playground bullies.

There is far too much misery and worry in households across Liverpool right now for people having to unwittingly eavesdrop on a most unsavoury encounter.

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13 comments so far, continue the conversation, write a comment.

AnonymousAugust 21st 2013.

Not sure why Joe is getting the city solicitor involved, surely this is a labour party matter and not one the taxpayer should be picking up bills for.

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AnonymousAugust 23rd 2013.

he always uses the city solicitors office as his own personal legal team - and yes it is your money paying for it.

John BradleyAugust 23rd 2013.

The "City Solicitor/ Monitoring officer" the CS has several roles keep track of inter councillor fights is one, to avoid conflicts of interest. He also says he is consulting external solicitors. One of which even has a department the specialises in councillors suing each other.

AnonymousAugust 21st 2013.

"Larry Nield calls for a truce" - hasn't Jake said in the echo today that he will withdraw if a formal apology is given?

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AnonymousAugust 21st 2013.

That's not a truce, that's asking the mayor to apologise for calling him a liar, which he may or may not be.

AnonymousAugust 21st 2013.

Jake is an unemployed 20 year old loose cannon who could have chosen to make the voicemail public in April, but instead, three months after the event, chooses to "suddenly share it with his facebook friends and twitter because things have gone a bit quiet down his way. Politicians swear no more or less than other people and Jake Morrison knows full well that nothing unusual has occurred. What idiot is advsing him?

EditorialAugust 21st 2013.

Press release from the Jake camp today: "Cllr Jake Morrison is today requesting a formal apology from the Liverpool Labour Party and Luciana Berger MP for their behaviour and actions recently. He has emailed Labour Leader Ed Miliband MP today with the request. After claiming he was being 'forced out' of the Council, Cllr Morrison released some of the emails and the voicemail which he felt was part of the pressure. Wavertree Cllr Jake Morrison said: "This whole debacle has been unpleasant. "I was offended by the comments highlighted in the complaint to Joe Anderson from Luciana, claiming that I am not a team player and have no respect. The campaigns and work I have been involved with over the past 2 1/2 years will demonstrate that this is just untrue. "From the moment I was suspended by Joe Anderson and the General Secretary from the Labour Party, a blockade was immediately erected, which only inflated divisions. "I am not afraid of the threats of legal action, because I stand by everything I have said. "I released the voicemail this week because I am tired of people misunderstanding this whole situation. Plenty of stuff went on in the background to push me to the edge. I am not short of evidence. "However, I am prepared to put a halt to this on my part, if a formal apology will be given by the Liverpool Labour Party and Luciana Berger MP. "Currently no-one from the Labour Party has accepted any sort of responsibility for all of this, but have been happy to try and see me fall flat on my face. Without an apology, I will keep getting up." --END—

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John BradleyAugust 21st 2013.

I think Jake has just shat on his chips.

V. I. Lenin AirportAugust 22nd 2013.

I think that the Labour Party nationally is going to do the unthinkable and - against all the odds - will manage to lose the 2015 General Election. Is it still called the Labour Party by the way?

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Lord StreetAugust 26th 2013.

I have always voted Labour because they were the best choice on the ballot paper. In recent years however they have merely been the least-worst. Now I don't even think that they are that.

NALGO HAroldAugust 22nd 2013.

I see that years of the New Labour requirement for him to wear a suit has done little to improve Councillor Dean's social skills since the last time I encountered him.

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Angry of AigburthAugust 22nd 2013.

There's no comparison with Malcolm Tucker. After all Tucker is articulate, clever and a great communicator.

Philip CoppellAugust 23rd 2013.

Alan Dean and Joe Anderson are both well known bullies, who if they don't get there own way throw their toys out of the pram. Nice to see that the new kid is embarrassing them both. in fact it would be better if Dean and Anderson both resigned and disappeared from the local political scene which they have disgraced for too long.

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