Continuing flood of resignations overwhelms party resources after suspension of Jeremy Corbyn, say party sources
The tsunami of member resignations that struck Labour HQ following the suspension of Jeremy Corbyn – over comments the EHRC said he has a legally-protected right to make – has shown little sign of abating.
In fact, the continuing rate of new resignations arriving has been so great that the backlog is growing rapidly, in spite of general secretary David Evans’s attempts to recruit additional help for the party’s membership office from other departments and regional offices.
The number of confirmed resignations so far is thought to be at least ten thousand, but several times that number are expected to have simply cancelled direct debits to allow their membership to lapse.
Senior figures in the party have alleged that the Labour right is trying to process the resignations in order to annul votes cast in the party’s important NEC elections. The party has not responded to requests to confirm or deny this, but Evans subsequently claimed in an internal email that it is not the case.
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