The son of a miner and late Labour MP has been deselected as a councillor because he is ‘too working class’.
Kieran Harpham’s electoral ward in Sheffield has been taken over by hard-Left activists who have kicked him out.
Many are members of Momentum while others are students, Trotskyite academics from the city’s universities or middle-class professionals.
Labour insiders say the 27-year-old was seen as ‘too authentically working class’ and ‘not Left-wing enough’.
Mr Harpham’s father, Harry, won David Blunkett’s former Sheffield seat for Labour in 2015 but died from cancer nine months later.
Kieran Harpham’s electoral ward in Sheffield has been taken over by hard-Left activists who have kicked him out
Jeremy Corbyn, who attended the funeral, described the 61-year-old as a ‘decent man dedicated to justice for working people’.
Last week his son found himself facing reselection for the Broomhill ward against five other candidates. Members voted to replace him with Janet Ridler, a 58-year-old historian who only recently joined the party and lives in Sheffield’s wealthiest suburb, Dore.
When approached for comment, Lord Blunkett said: ‘Kieran’s dad, who was a former miner and never a Blairite, was my agent and successor as MP for Brightside and Hillsborough.
‘I’m extremely distressed that his son Kieran should have experienced the backlash of the Momentum drive for deselections – not least as Jeremy Corbyn attended his dad’s funeral. I hope people will examine their consciences.’
Sheffield Labour moderates say the situation is even more ‘mad’ because Harry Harpham’s parliamentary seat was taken by his wife Gill Furniss, who is Kieran’s stepmother.
A former council member, who would not be named, said: ‘Kieran’s deselection is absolutely bonkers. What kind of situation is it when a shadow minister’s stepson isn’t Left-wing enough?’
A veteran Sheffield councillor and Corbyn