All but three elected officers of Harwich and North Essex CLP resign at once
The Clacton Gazette has reported that ten elected officers of Harwich and North Essex constituency Labour party’s (CLP) executive board have resigned their positions because of new party leader Keir Starmer’s sharp swerve to the right.
Those stepping down – all but three of the CLP’s ‘exec’ – include those in the most senior positions: chair, vice-chair, secretary and treasurer. All have said they intend to retain their party membership.
The group’s statement records their grounds for resigning:
It is always a sad moment when it becomes necessary for a Labour member to step aside from a role within the party but the time has come for us all to do just that.
As executive committee members we have experienced a great feeling of comradeship and unity of purpose as we endeavoured to promote and organise the Labour Party in our locality.
Our firm objective has been to promote socialist ideals and to argue unregulated capitalism is incompatible with the values of freedom, equality and solidarity and these ideals can only be achieved through the realisation of a socialist society.
We did our very best to support and run the constituency Labour party through good times and bad. The General Election result of 2019 was indeed a very bad time for us.
The growth of membership in our group was quite extraordinary from 2015 until late 2019 and the quality and organisation of our meetings was of note. We embraced the broad church and respected a range of views.
We all now feel that with the direction being taken by the leadership towards a more neo-liberal stance it is right the executive baton should be handed over to those that share the direction of the leadership.
Whether those right-wing members who will take over the positions will maintain the ‘comradeship’ the CLP enjoyed under its left-wing leadership remains to be seen, but the conduct of their national equivalents does not suggest grounds for much hope.
The resignations mirror similar exoduses across the country. Labour’s eastern regional office did not comment.
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