Years of right bleating about left harshness were always nonsense – and now made a mockery of by right’s purge
The SKWAWKBOX has reported the woeful treatment of Labour members and their elected officers in Bristol. First the chair and one co-secretary of Bristol West constituency party (CLP) were suspended for allowing a motion – decisively passed – in support of Jeremy Corbyn.
Then the other co-secretary was also suspended, on the nebulous grounds of suspicion of breaking some unspecified rule, while the MP’s office misused member data to whip support for right-wing candidates to replace them at the CLP’s annual general meeting (AGM). Then Labour’s widely-criticised south-west regional office cancelled the AGM – on the laughable grounds that there was nobody left to run the meeting.
And now, the chair and secretary of Bristol North-West CLP have also been suspended – and again on suspicion of breaking some unspecified rule.
Suspended members are unable to hold or stand for any kind of office or candidacy.
The party knows that its actions can have severe consequences for those affected – there have been deaths in the past linked to suspensions and expulsions and the smears the right spreads about them – so it generously advises those suspended to contact the Samaritans, Citizens Advice or their GP. Can you say ‘duty of care’?
The right’s shameless exploitation of the party’s rules for its boundless factional ambitions by culling the left is a scandal that makes a mockery of right-wingers’ constant bleating, during Jeremy Corbyn’s leadership, whenever the left called for action against those who were genuinely sabotaging the party.
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