Deakin’s attempt to pre-empt this article did not deny membership of Green party during 2015 Labour leadership election
A right-wing Labour councillor with a track record of attacks on the left and of ardent support for Tory-friendly ‘centrist’ MP Jess Phillips has been caught out over claims he voted for Corbyn in both leadership campaigns.
North Warwickshire councillor – and Progress member – Jack Deakin is an avid fan of Jess Phillips, who has frequently attacked left-wing members but whom he has called a ‘real left-winger’, and has proudly posted a picture of himself on Facebook with ‘brilliant guy’ Tony Blair:
Yet Cllr Deakin responded to a Twitter user who voted for Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn in both leadership contests with a tweet claiming he had also voted for Corbyn both times – and would not do so now:
However, that claim comes with serious problems – as Deakin was a member of the rival Green party during the first leadership election and for more than half a year afterward.
Deakin’s Twitter feed contains a number of posts that make it clear that he was an enthusiastic member of the Green party in 2015 and beyond – including a tweet just after the 2015 leadership result about his longing to be at the Greens’ annual conference:
When Deakin’s loyalty to the Greens wavered, he seems to have leaned rightward:
Facebook posts suggest his association with the Greens predates Corbyn’s nomination for the 2015 leadership election – and it continued for some months afterward, with Deakin feeling strongly enough about his party membership to tweet to journalist Owen Jones to differentiate the Greens from socialism:
But a week later, in late April 2016, Deakin appears to have left the party – in spite of having previously felt proud enough of his membership to show it in his Facebook ‘cover’ image:
Could Jack Deakin have been one of the ‘registered supporters’ of the Labour Party who for the first time were entitled to vote in the 2015 contest? If so, that is equally problematic – as Labour’s list of qualifications for registered-supporter status make clear:
– Must be over 18
– Must be on the Electoral Register with a valid polling number
– Must supply a valid email address, home address and date of birth, and able to pay fee online.
– In all other respects must meet the qualification criteria of membership of the Labour Party.
– Pay a fee of £25.
– Must be validly registered by the date shown on the timetable.
Would-be members are not eligible to join Labour while a member or supporter of another party and supporters are subject to the same criterion.
The SKWAWKBOX contacted Jack Deakin to ask about the discrepancy:
Jack, you’ve claimed to have voted for Corbyn in 15, 16, etc. You were a member of the greens during the 2015 leadership election and for some time after. If you want to comment on the discrepancy for inclusion in the article, please provide it no later than 2pm. Thanks
Rather than answer the question about his claim to have voted for Corbyn and his membership of the Greens, Deakin instead opted – a common tactic among right-wingers receiving a media enquiry from the SKWAWKBOX – to publicise the enquiry and his response on Twitter, along with the kind of routine and fact-free abuse that so often accompanies the tactic:
Deakin responded to the Twitter direct message to refer to his tweet. At no point did he deny being a member of the Greens at the time he has claimed he voted for Corbyn.
A local Labour member told the SKWAWKBOX:
Jack’s been caught out. Not many people here will be shedding any tears, but it’s hardly appropriate behaviour for a Labour councillor. Why make the claim in the first place and not even bother deleting your old Green posts?
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