Labour sources say Wavertree behaved entirely in accordance with the party’s rules – and say Tom Watson’s call is a case of sour grapes.
Labour sources have told the SKWAWKBOX that there is ‘zero chance of us suspending Wavertree‘, in response to a ‘grandstanding’ call for the suspension of the Liverpool CLP (constituency Labour party) by deputy party leader Tom Watson.
Watson’s call came in the wake of the withdrawal of two motions of no confidence by Wavertree Labour members in local MP Luciana Berger, who had failed to quash reports that she might join a new ‘centrist party’.
One source told the SKWAWKBOX:
The motions had been submitted entirely in accordance with the rules – and there were only four people involved even if there had been a problem, which obviously there wasn’t.
And Tom thinks we should suspend them just because he wants to grandstand? Unbelievable!
Tom has been furious since Labour intervened in Sandwell. He’s on a mission.
Watson’s West Bromwich East constituency is located in the West Midlands borough of Sandwell, where Labour recently suspended the council leader – a close Watson ally – pending the completion of an investigation into a number of complaints, including of bullying.
Watson’s call meant that he, as a non-Jew, was calling for the suspension of a CLP chaired by a Jewish member for supposed antisemitism, leading to calls from angry members in Liverpool and elsewhere for the withdrawal of the Labour whip from him.
Watson has been contacted for comment.
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