Damning verdict from originally-supportive CLP
Labour members in Hendon nominated Keir Starmer in the Labour leadership contest – yet last night they endorsed a damning statement condemning Starmer’s political interference in disciplinary processes – and the ‘affront to justice’ of his treatment of his predecessor Jeremy Corbyn.
Corbyn’s suspension – for a statement the EHRC’s recent report said he had an enhanced and legally-protected right to make – was lifted by a right-dominated panel of NEC members after they received legal advice that there were no grounds for it. Starmer responded by withdrawing the Labour ‘whip’, in breach of every rule governing parliamentary Labour party (PLP) procedures, forcing Corbyn to sit as an independent MP, as well as of the EHRC’s ban on ‘political interference‘ in disciplinary processes and outcomes.
Hendon’s response was withering:
Labour has responded to the huge groundswell of support for Corbyn among members by labelling it racist and threatening members with suspension – a further breach of members’ human right to freedom of speech and of the EHRC report.
Hendon members, who just months ago were backing Keir Starmer, responded last night by standing ‘shoulder to shoulder’ with the wronged former leader. Starmer’s supporters had responded to the nationwide flood of support for Corbyn by claiming it came only from CLPs that had supported Rebecca Long-Bailey in the leadership contest. That feeble tactic is now exposed for what it always was.
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