The decision of Keir Starmer and Labour general secretary David Evans to suspend Jeremy Corbyn for saying something the EHRC report said he had a legally-protected right to say has triggered a tsunami of resignations by party members.
So great is the exodus that Evans has this morning emailed other departments – even the party’s regional teams – pleading with them to release staff help to the party’s membership department to deal with them:
While Evans doesn’t specifically mention resignations, the only likely reason for emailing the membership team is to formally resign. Outraged members staying in would contact the complaints department or general enquiries and anyone wanting to join the party would do so via the online joining page, not by sending an email.
And the emails are likely to be just the tip of the iceberg, as most members quitting would simply cancel their direct debit and allow their membership to lapse, rather than writing in to formally resign.
It seems that for many Labour members who were clinging on in the hope Starmer might turn from his lurch to the right and his divisive actions, the suspension of Corbyn was the final straw. Of course, there will be some on the right who will be quite happy to see real Labour members leave and will simply pull out a bigger begging bowl to wealthy and corporate donors in the hope of replacing lost subs, but it’s hard to blame those who have simply had enough of the weaseling and non-opposition that now prevail.
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