Motions on Corbyn’s suspension and EHRC report already banned. Now new attack on free speech targets fundamental principle of Labour movement
The Labour Party’s hierarchy has responded to the passing of motions, by local Labour parties, (CLPs) of support for Jeremy Corbyn – by banning even simple expressions of support for the former Labour leader.
Previously, motions on Corbyn’s suspension – for comments the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) said he has a legally-protected human right to make – and on the EHRC’s report on antisemitism in the Labour Party had been ruled out by party general secretary David Evans.
But CLPs are now being told that even motions that do not mention either the report or the suspension, but which merely express solidarity, are also banned and may be punished by disciplinary action, on the basis that while the issues-that-may-not-be-mentioned might not be mentioned, the existence of the motions is itself a reference to them.
Members of Labour’s National Executive Committee (NEC) have tried to fight the Stalinist stricture, but so far without success.
Solidarity – the fundamental value of the Labour movement – is apparently now not only forbidden but also punishable.
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