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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