Late last year, the SKWAWKBOX reported the suspension of Luke ‘Lukey’ Stanger over complaints of ‘abusive behaviour’ toward fellow members, including female members.
The Labour right-winger and Labour First member is considered one of the least pleasant anti-Corbyn trolls by many on the left. His Twitter timeline is often a sewer of retweets by antisemitism-troll accounts, hardline anti-Corbyn MPs and even Tory columnists like ‘Desperate’ Dan Hodges, while he appears to be on very cosy terms with Simon Cobbs, who has been filmed behaving aggressively toward elderly pro-Palestinian protesters.
Stanger – who, unconnected with his suspension, has been accused of
‘obsessive, fixated behaviour’ by female Labour members from Asian communities and has also had to apologise for a racist post about Travellers – promoted calls last autumn for the expulsion of Novara Media journalist Aaron Bastani.
So it’s interesting that Stanger regards the disciplinary process against himself with a distinctly self-pitying tone – and especially the news that Labour’s National Executive Committee (NEC) Disputes Panel has referred his case to the National Constitutional Committee (NCC), the party’s senior disciplinary body, which has the power to expel Stanger if it decides he merits it.
He posted a lengthy message to Facebook – and included a mention of the SKWAWKBOX:
The two blacked-out sections have been redacted by the SKWAWKBOX because they contain potentially defamatory accusations against Labour officials – it’s noteworthy that while right-wingers like to complain that Labour’s disciplinary process takes too long, when a case against one of their own is dealt with quickly, that’s ‘ramming it through’ unfairly.
In fact, Stanger seems conflicted even in his own case, as on the one hand he attacks the ‘ramming through’ of his case yet on the other laments it ‘remaining unresolved for potentially years‘.
Stanger has also publicly accused the SKWAWKBOX of ‘baseless and defamatory slurs‘ against him – but when challenged to provide any evidence, or even to specify what he considers ‘baseless and defamatory’, he has repeatedly declined, as on the two occasions shown below, which he was aware were for publication:
Labour’s disciplinary process must take its proper course and the NCC will judge as it considers best on the evidence before it – but if he does find himself expelled, it’s the opinion of the SKWAWKBOX that he will not be much mourned outside a tiny right-wing circle.
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