Members deprived of democracy still further
As the SKWAWKBOX reported, the Labour party has suspended first the elected chair and one co-secretary of Bristol West constituency party (CLP) for allowing a motion in support of Jeremy Corbyn to be voted on (and passed decisively by members) – and then the other co-secretary for unspecified ‘suspicion of breaking the rules‘.
All this was done in the run-up to the CLP’s annual general meeting (AGM), at which members would elect the officers to represent them for the next year – against a backdrop of the MP’s office abusing member data to whip support for a right-wing set of candidates.
And now, in yet another insult to the members and their democracy, Labour’s south-west regional office has cancelled the AGM altogether – on the grounds that there is nobody left to run it.
The news was condemned by the local Momentum group, which also listed other anti-democratic conduct in the region:
The local regional office has also been attacked for excluding all left-wing candidates from the shortlist for the south-west Metro Mayor election.
Labour, blighted by the Stalinist right of the party, has become a sick joke – and the party bureaucracy, which for years worked to sabotage Labour’ electoral prospects, has now become the Pythonesque ‘boot from above’ arriving to squash any attempts by the members to depart from the leadership’s decree.
South-west regional director Phil Gaskin has been contacted for comment.
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