I have spent many, many hours searching far and wide for this report.
Crawled through forums, Twitter, Facebook, precise Google and other search engine techniques; even contacted some of my usual sources for information. Nothing. No matter how hard I’ve tried, I cannot locate a copy of the report outside Labour HQ.
Something of this significance should’ve leaked by now. The contents are either completely irrelevant or under close protection. In other words, the revelations could be very damaging.
All we know is UNITE, allegedly, flooded the Labour PCC selection at Falkirk with dozens of new members and even coerced union members to sign direct debit forms to join Labour. The influx of an extraordinary amount members triggered investigation by Labour HQ (some have suggested Labour HQ originally ignored the problem) and the candidate selection was postponed; certain individuals suspend and Ed Miliband announced reforms of trade union affiliation.
Yet, Dianne Abott and others have speculated UNITE were not the only ones trying to influence the PCC selection at Falkirk. As The Newstatesman wrote;
The second is that the report would implicate others in the party and spark a new scandal. Diane Abbott recently commented that “one of the things the report might reveal is that Unite weren’t the only ones signing up members in the run-up to this selection”. Suspicion has fallen on Gregor Poynton, one of the other Falkirk candidates and the husband of Labour MP Gemma Doyle, who is alleged to have handed over a cheque for £137 in June 2012 to pay the membership fees of 11 people. Milne, however, reported that Poynton, like Unite, was not held “directly responsible” in the inquiry.
The Falkirk Report might have exposed a ground war among different factions within the Labour party, trying to get ‘their people’ in certain safe seats. And, more severe for the party, Falkirk might not have been a one off (Labour List have been reporting plenty of problems in other PCC selections).
Publishing the report could start a bloody civil war for the heart of Labour, but refusing to will cause one as well.