Earlier this week, the SKWAWKBOX published an account of an ongoing dispute between Walthamstow MP Stella Creasy and her local members over allegations of undemocratic behaviour that were flatly denied by the Chair of the CLP (constituency Labour party). Ms Creasy herself opted not to comment.
Labour members in the ‘Walthamstow Residents News’ Facebook group started a discussion of the article – and it quickly became… lively. The group is closed, so you have to join it to be able to read the comments, but below are screenshots of some excerpts.
The initial reaction to the comments was mixed, but a former treasurer of the group made a comment broadly confirming the member allegations reported in the article:
Other members soon joined in:
The CLP Chair responded with a lengthier denial than the one made to this blog:
Mr Dixon’s reference to the Labour Party’s social media code of conduct at the end of this rebuttal is of interest. It was described to the SKWAWKBOX by local Labour members as a threat and while that is a subjective assessment of a comment that can as easily be read in other ways, the social media document linked, which the SKWAWKBOX covered just the day before, does contain a threat of disciplinary action for members who breach it.
The document also contains a description of the behaviour Dixon it is designed to prevent:
Harassment, intimidation, hateful language and bullying are never acceptable, nor is any form of discrimination on the basis of gender, race, religion, age, sexual orientation, gender identity or disability.
However, while some of the messages are impassioned, at first glance there is no sign of such behaviour in the discussion.
Following the Chair’s contribution, more members join in the discussion – including the CLP’s former TULO (trade union liaison officer) and fundraiser, with some hard-hitting comments that support critics of the way the local party is run:
Finally (of the information the SKWAWKBOX has compiled – the discussion is ongoing), the former treasurer responds in evident anger to the Chair’s contribution:
Whatever the source(s) of the trouble, it seems evident that all is not well in Walthamstow CLP. It is to be hoped that if Labour’s NEC sees fit to intervene it does more fairly and with better regard for all sides and views than has been the case in some other high-profile CLP disputes.
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