News has emerged today that all allegations against Wallasey CLP (constituency Labour party) have ‘collapsed’ because of their complete lack of substance and the failure to follow party procedures, such as reporting alleged homophobia to the police, even though this was demanded by Labour rules and by the CLP executive.
The NEC (National Executive Committee) investigation has closed – without any charges being brought against any individual for supposed homophobia or intimidation. And none will .
Labour Briefing have published a statement (and their own statement, which is at the end of this article) from Kathy Runswick, the CLP chair:
Ms Runswick’s statement is a model of diplomacy and reconciliation.
But the SKWAWKBOX has covered the events surrounding these spurious allegations for many months now and the mere ‘collapse’ of charges does not close the matter.
The allegations were dishonestly made and cynically exploited. Proven false accusations were made by certain individuals.
The allegations of homophobia and intimidation were spuriously made for political purposes – and treated as fact by key people at Labour HQ without any evidence or credibility.
And the identity of those who did the above is known to Party officials.
Not only that, but an NEC disciplinary into CLP vice-Chair Paul Davies is still continuing – for fighting the very allegations that have now ‘collapsed’ without foundation.
So, crucial questions remain open:
- when will the CLP’s suspension – which is now clearly seen to be absolutely without foundation – be lifted?
- when will those proven to have made false accusations be sanctioned – and for that matter, referred to police?
- when will those who made baseless accusations of homophobia and intimidation face investigation by the Party?
- when will the nonsensical disciplinary against Paul Davies – for simply defending his CLP colleagues against accusations now known to be spurious – be dropped? Why hasn’t it already been dropped?
- what action will be taken against Wallasey’s MP and councillors who promoted the false narrative against innocent members?
- what action will be taken against Party officials who propagated the smear and the unjust suspension?
- when will a formal media statement be released by the Party exonerating the CLP and apologising for the unjust suspension and the aspersions cast upon members’ character?
- When will a formal inquiry into this fiasco be initiated and the results published to all members?
The NEC’s case against Wallasey may now be closed, but until these questions are answered satisfactorily and those responsible for this months-long travesty are brought to book, the matter is not.
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