John Downing: Ghost of Labour's conscience past will haunt Gilmore
Published 14/12/2012 | 17:00
EAMON Gilmore's extra problem now is that Colm Keaveney is neither gone nor forgotten. Instead he lingers as the 'on-site conscience' of Labour.
Mr Keaveney's vote against the Social Welfare Bill effectively excludes him from the Labour parliamentary party. But, for now at least, he remains in the symbolic job of Labour Party chairman – elected by delegates at the annual conference last April who appear to be the only ones who could oust him.
The job of chairman is limited to chairing the party's national conference, the central council and the executive board. It's not huge stuff, but in the hands of a rebel it can make daily working life awkward for the party leadership.