Last year, the SKWAWKBOX revealed a number of instances of right-wing Labour staffers undermining the party’s efforts and electoral prospects – and yesterday the Times published revelations that showed ‘Southside’ HQ staff faking social media campaigns to deceive the party’s leadership during last year’s general election campaign.
Those suffering now under the Tories are suffering because Labour employees opposed to Jeremy Corbyn’s leadership wanted to see the campaign fail in order to facilitate another attempt to remove him – and undermined Labour’s efforts. The ‘Corbyn surge’ that almost destroyed the Tories’ majority could have swept Labour into power without the sabotage.
Now outraged Labour members have launched a petition calling on Labour’s national executive and its general secretary Jennie Formby to formally investigate the sabotage and take action against its actors:
The petition lists in detail the areas members want to see investigated, before concluding:
We as members are absolutely horrified that this was allowed to happen, we give thousands of hours of our lives fighting for a Labour government and it is disgraceful our own party machine was working against us.
It is not acceptable. And we want assurances it can never happen again.
Signatories include members of the National Executive Committee, the Conference Arrangements Committee and the party’s senior disciplinary body, the NCC – as well as councillors, members and officers from up and down the country.
For Labour to be the mass movement of empowered members – and the government – that this country desperately needs, those responsible for working against the efforts of the party that was paying them to work for those interests need to face the consequences of their actions.
As an absolute minimum, if they are still working for the party, their employment must be terminated and they must be banned from membership for life whether they are still employed or not.
There may also be grounds for civil or criminal action against them for fraud – and if so, that action must be taken without hesitation.
Please sign and share this vital petition. This country and its burdened people need a Labour Party unhindered by those who have undermined it from within.
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