Party’s ban on motions by local parties was based (falsely) on ongoing disciplinary process
The Labour Party has previously tried to ban CLPs (local Labour parties) from discussing or voting to support Jeremy Corbyn or call for his reinstatement from suspension on the grounds that he was the subject of an ongoing disciplinary process and it would be wrong to comment or try to influence the outcome. This was a misapplication of the party’s rules, as Keir Starmer and other Labour figures were freely discussing and supporting the suspension in the media, but general secretary David Evans still suspended elected local officers for allowing such votes to go ahead.
But as of last night, the disciplinary process has concluded with Corbyn’s reinstatement. Starmer’s cowardly and purely political decision this morning to claim he has decided ‘not to restore’ the Labour whip to Corbyn (it had already been restored and Starmer has withdrawn it) is not a matter for Labour’s disciplinary processes.
No process, no confidentiality, no excuse under the rules to ban CLPs from voting on anything they want to say about it.
CLPD (Campaign for Labour Party Democracy) is drafting a new ‘model motion’ for CLPs to use or adapt – and local Labour members are free to discuss and vote whenever they meet. Chairs who attempt to rule out such motions will be breaching their own obligations to run proper meetings and enable member democracy. The SKWAWKBOX will publish details of the model motion as soon as it’s available.
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