Wavertree CLP (constituency Labour party) has issued a formal statement on smears against the CLP this week over its tabled – and subsequently withdrawn – motions of no confidence in Luciana Berger MP. Labour deputy leader Tom Watson and MP Wes Streeting were among those who joined a shameful dogpile against members for exercising their democratic rights
The Executive of Wavertree Constituency Labour Party wishes to correct both the inaccuracies reported in the media, and the false accusations of bullying, which followed our announcement on February 7 of a special CLP meeting to consider two motions of no confidence in our MP. The motions have since been withdrawn by their proposers and the special CLP meeting cancelled.
Our role as an elected executive is to provide administration, governance and direction for the CLP. We have no control over motions submitted by CLP members and very little choice on whether to debate legitimately submitted motions. The two no-confidence motions met these criteria; our only intervention was to agree to debate them at a special CLP meeting. The purpose of this was to give our MP the maximum opportunity to take part when the motions were debated.
Since the meeting was announced, we have become the subject of much media attention. This came as no surprise, given the controversial nature of the motions (neither of which mentioned antisemitism) submitted by CLP members.
But we strongly reject the media inaccuracies and the accusations of political bullying, for simply adhering to Party rules and doing our jobs.
Furthermore, we as an Executive have always and continue now to express total solidarity with Luciana as a victim of misogyny and of antisemitism – coming mostly from the far right. Our Chair is himself Jewish and the suggestion that the CLP Executive is in any way a party to bullying and antisemitism is a false and slanderous accusation.
Dr Alex Scott-Samuel – Chair
Nina Houghton – Secretary
On behalf of the CLP Executive,
Liverpool Wavertree Constituency Labour Party
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