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Hampstead and Kilburn members defy attempts on Zoom by London region to kill motion to reinstate Corbyn – and vote it through anyway

Groundswell of defiance continues to build – and members are now also demanding the reinstatement of anyone suspended for standing up to party’s hierarchy

The number of CLPs ignoring threats by the Labour hierarchy designed to ban free speech looks like becoming a flood. Members of Hampstead and Kilburn constituency Labour party (CLP) tonight voted for a motion for the immediate restoration of the Labour whip to former party leader Jeremy Corbyn – despite an attempt by London regional office representatives on the Zoom call to intervene.

When regional representatives tried to rule the motion out of order, the CLP chair ruled it wasn’t – and found a way to allow anonymous voting to allow members to vote with their conscience free of intimidation. Right-wingers on the call looked about to explode, according to others present, with ‘non-stop gripes’ to try prevent members exercising their democracy.

Regional ‘reps’ again threatened that the CLP would face action if it continued to ignore what members present described as the ‘general secretary’s diktat‘, but failed to cow the meeting.

The full wording of the motion passed is as follows:

Restore the Whip to Jeremy Corbyn

To Keir Starmer, Angela Rayner, Nick Brown (Chief Whip) and NEC

This CLP notes with concern the decision taken by the Leader of the Labour Party not to restore the Party whip to its former leader Jeremy Corbyn.

Jeremy Corbyn was reinstated as a member of the Labour Party on 17th November and we believe the Labour whip must also be restored.

We call on Keir Starmer to review this decision immediately and restore the whip to Jeremy Corbyn.

We call for all members suspended for refusing to accept that party units could not discuss Corbyn’s suspension to be reinstated.

Members report that information was being leaked during the meeting to the Jewish Chronicle‘s Lee Harpin. Harpin’s smears against Labour members and others have repeatedly cost his employers considerable sums of money and humiliating apologies, as well as censure from regulator IPSO on at least one occasion for failing to cooperate with its investigation.

Labour members of Birmingham Hall Green this evening also defied the ban to vote in solidarity with Corbyn – while those in Hackney South and Shoreditch went further and voted no confidence in both Keir Starmer and general secretary David Evans.

The groundswell of defiance continues to build.

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  1. As a chair of a CLP that uses Zoom I’d be interested to know how the chair “…found a way to allow anonymous voting…”.

    1. John, i hope to get that for u tomorrow. We used it for the GC delegate meeting to nominate candidates for the NEC. I assume it was anonymous. Though the Right Wing have a firm hold on my CLP. And as you know, they lack scruples … integrity is not in their vocabulary. But it seemed OK results wise. V much in line with the national result.๐ŸŒน๐ŸŒน๐ŸŒน

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      John, as promised: At my CLP GC delegate Zoom meeting to nominate NEC candidates, we used –

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  2. After 33 years totally teetotalitarian – I might go out for a bevvy if Starmer gets his arse kicked out.

  3. Many great Irish Labour party friends in that part of the world who are used to fighting for democracy.Loved the wording of the motion,none of dear keir or Sir crap and straight to the point.Too late for softly spoken words and comrade talk….The sleeping giant the CLPs are awakening..!

    1. Exactly Joseph! Language on our side is almost always conforming. NEVER conform to styles which weakens our aims. NEVER dilute. Oh, and avoid sarcasm. Sarcasm is an IN tool. It does not consider the audience to need reach. It has a full-stop. The energy … the drive STOPS. Like chocolate after a meal with friends … a night cap. They are promote calm… sleep.

  4. All good news here today. I’m in my eighties and cannot recall such Machiavellian activity by a Leader of the Labour party…or any party for that matter. By his actions, ‘he will. be known and judged’.

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