The Labour Party has confirmed that David Pitt-Watson will not take the post of general secretary as expected.
Labour had announced in March that the 51-year-old City fund manager would replace Peter Watt, who resigned in the row over donations.
But the party confirmed on Friday that this would not be possible "without significant further delay in the post being filled".
It said the National Executive Committee (NEC) would take immediate steps to appoint a permanent general secretary, with Chris Lennie holding the position for the time being.
NEC chairman Dianne Hayter said: "It is unfortunate that the necessary arrangements for David to join the Labour Party as general secretary could not be completed and we are grateful for the exhaustive efforts made by him and others to this end.
"The NEC will now start the process to make a new appointment and getting a permanent general secretary in post as quickly as possible."
Friday, 2 May 2008
Pitt Watson not taking GS job...