Labour members in Keir Starmer’s own constituency have defied a party ban to vote for an expression of solidarity with suspended former party leader Jeremy Corbyn.
Corbyn was suspended for pointing out the minuscule incidence of antisemitism in the party, following the publication of the widely-misrepresented Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) report, even though the report itself confirmed his legally-protected right to say so.
Despite the likely unlawfulness of the suspension, Labour’ hierarchy first attempted to ban members from debating motions on either the suspension or on the EHRC – and then, when members simply voted solidarity with Corbyn, that was also forbidden.
But members of Highgate branch of Starmer’s Holborn and St Pancras have ignored the ban – and voted last night to affirm the following motion:
This Branch/CLP expresses its solidarity with Jeremy Corbyn.
Jeremy is a lifelong campaigner against racism and antisemitism.
We believe that unity, not division, is important for the Party to make progress and effectively challenge racism, fascism, antisemitism and harassment in whatever form this may take.
For Action by:
Highgate Branch to forward to NEC, Labour Party leaders office and CLP; and for CLP to forward to the Labour Leader’s Office.
The result comes in a CLP (constituency Labour party) that Starmer has been accused of treating as a ‘personal fiefdom’, but it is not the first time locals have made their feelings known. In August, a message was left on his constituency office window referring to Starmer’s lack of opposition to Boris Johnson’s mismanagement of the coronavirus pandemic, demanding “65,000 dead – DO SOMETHING”.
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