Union leaders and senior figures have slammed Keir Starmer for withdrawing the whip from Jeremy Corbyn after it had been unanimously restored to the former Labour leader by his reinstatement by a panel of National Executive Committee (NEC) members.
Unite’s Len McCluskey condemned Starmer’s ‘vindictive and vengeful decision which despoils Party democracy and due process‘ – and for acting in ‘bad faith’ in his ‘continued persecution’ of Corbyn – and accused him of destroying ‘party unity and integrity’ while undermining the EHRC report he has pledged to implement in full:
CWU general secretary Dave Ward went even further, describing Starmer’s action as ‘shocking’ – because it gives Boris Johnson a free ride over the
serious issues of the day. Millions face redundancy, hundreds are dying every day and the government gets away with it. But Starmer wants a civil war.
And the condemnation was not limited only to general secretaries. Unite assistant general secretary Howard Beckett, a leading contender for the leadership of the union when McCluskey retires, was no less damning, concluding either that Starmer is a ‘poor and divisive’ leader or else that he intends to ‘wage war on the left’ – and has given the Establishment media easy opportunities to mask the terrible toll the Tories are inflicting on the people of this country:
Keir Starmer is tearing the party – and potentially the movement – apart, while helping Boris Johnson and the media hide the horror of Tory government.
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