It has come to light that Wallasey Labour MP Angela Eagle sent an email to all her local Labour members during the summer’s leadership election, asking them to support challenger Owen Smith.
Two weeks after Wallasey CLP (constituency Labour party) was suspended for alleged homophobic abuse she supposedly ‘faced’ – at a meeting she didn’t attend – depriving them even of the right to nominate their preferred leadership candidate.
Here’s the email, sent from Ms Eagle’s own parliamentary email address:
As you can see, the ‘reply-to’ address is also her official parliamentary email. One has to wonder whether this might have been behind many of the supposedly ‘abusive’ emails she is said – but still has not evidenced – her office received. I know that if I received such an email in such circumstances, I would have a few choice words to send.
One member wrote instead to Labour HQ, demanding to know what was going on – as use of member email lists during a suspension would probably be a violation of party rules. To date – 5 months later – no reply has been received to that email (or others sent on a different topic, but those will be addressed in a separate article).
It’s already clear that the allegations against Wallasey members are a demonstrable stitch-up and, in at least one instance proven to be false. But canvassing members to vote for a candidate after having them suspended?
If any further evidence were needed that Ms Eagle holds the majority of her members – whose suspension has still not been lifted – in absolute contempt and is unfit to serve as their MP, this nails that case tight closed. It’s not hard to imagine that the ongoing suspension of the CLP is not unconnected to the likelihood of an immediate vote of no-confidence were it reinstated.
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