MP John Woodcock, who has been suspended from the Labour Party after ‘sex pest’ allegations, announced at the weekend that he was ‘withdrawing his cooperation’ from the disciplinary process against him – by releasing a potentially libellous letter blaming Labour’s General Secretary for leaking information about his case to the media. He has not responded to requests to show any evidence for his allegation.
It was reminiscent of Radovan Karadzic’s refusal to recognise the court at the Hague.
Matt Pound is the paid ‘organiser’ for the other main right-wing Labour faction, Labour First – his main brief is to fight supporters of Jeremy Corbyn, whom Woodcock also despises. Based on his Twitter comments a few weeks ago, he disagrees with Woodcock’s view.
Pound was defending Labour First trainer Ian McKenzie, who has been suspended over tweets about the gang-rape and murder of Labour front-bencher Emily Thornberry – and he had an entirely different opinion of Labour’s disciplinary processes to that of John Woodcock:
The SKWAWKBOX contacted Mr Pound to ask for his opinion on Woodcock’s comments and his allegations of corruption in the disciplinary process – since Labour First’s Maggie Cosin is chair of the NCC, Labour’s senior disciplinary body.
He has not responded. But his unequivocal support for the integrity of Labour’s disciplinary processes sends a strong message about John Woodcock’s pre-emptive accusations in any case.
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