Last night, a broad coalition of Enfield North Labour members passed a dramatic motion of no confidence in local MP Joan Ryan, after a tense and fraught debate and vote.
Ms Ryan subsequently posted a disparaging tweet describing members who supported the motion as “Trots Stalinists Communists” [sic] and said that she had no confidence in them.
According to the Establishment narrative, of course, abuse in the Labour party is perpetrated by the left on the right.
But Ms Ryan’s verbal insults were far from the worst form of abuse at last night’s meeting. According to eyewitnesses, two separate incidents of attempted violence took place – including at least one death threat.
By a supporter of Ms Ryan against a youth member who attempted to prevent intimidation of people involved in the voting process.
According to the witnesses, the first incident took place around 9.45pm. What members referred to as ‘Team Joan’ were ‘crowding’ the ballot table and the female vote-counter felt intimidated.
A youth member tried to intervene – and a Ryan supporter
lunged at the young member and said “I will fucking kill you“.
The second incident, at around 10.10pm, involved the same ‘Team Joan’ member attempting to attack the same young person:
On way out of the hall, the team Joan member threatened to assault him and then lunged at him again.
On both occasions, say shaken witnesses, the Ryan supporter had to be physically restrained by others to prevent an assault. The incidents were serious enough to be reported to the police.
The SKWAWKBOX contacted the Metropolitan Police, who advised that no other media enquiries had been received and issued the following statement:
Police were alerted at around 2230hrs on 6 September to an allegation of threats made at a meeting in Lancaster Road, Enfield earlier that evening. The allegation is being assessed.
Joan Ryan has been contacted for comment.
The Establishment routinely claims that the Labour left is the source of abuse – though the few examples ever provided usually turn out not to have been by Labour members at all.
Yet here is a recorded allegation of right-wing threats of violence and murder, in public, with witnesses – and not a single mainstream media outlet has shown an interest.
And it’s not a one-off. Allies of Ms Ryan on Enfield council have been accused of attempting to intimidate witnesses to anti-democratic practices in council candidate selections. The Labour Party is currently investigating.
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