Leyton and Wanstead members defy latest Labour tactic to prevent expressions of support for Corbyn
Labour members in Leyton and Wanstead have voted overwhelmingly for an expression of support for former Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn – and against Keir Starmer’s breach of rules and practice in withdrawing the whip from Corbyn after a right-dominated panel of NEC members followed legal advice to lift his suspension, as well as his choice to provide the Tories with a ‘get out of jail card’ by distracting from the impact of Tory decisions and policies on the UK’s most vulnerable people.
The motion – which was debated and passed in spite of the latest tactic by the party’s hierarchy of declaring it racist to do so – reads:
This CLP expresses its solidarity with Jeremy Corbyn. Jeremy is a lifelong campaigner against racism and antisemitism. We welcome the decision of the national Executive Committee to reinstate him as a member of the Labour Party on 17 November. Given this, we note with concern the Leader of the Labour Party’s decision not to restore the Labour Party whip to Jeremy Corbyn – apparently in breach both of Labour Party rules and PLP Standing Orders.
We call on Keir Starmer, therefore, to immediately restore the whip to Jeremy Corbyn.We believe that unity, not division, is important for the Party to make progress and effectively challenge racism, fascism, antisemitism, Islamophobia, misogyny, sexism, and LGBT+ harassment in whatever form this may take – as well as being able to tackle issues such as child poverty, the housing crisis and the government’s handling of the Covid pandemic.
Only one delegate voted against, with two abstentions.
The constituency is represented in Parliament by John Cryer, the chair of the parliamentary Labour party – elected to his position by the right-wing majority among Labour MPs, many of whom have been active in the media and on social media supporting the actions against Corbyn in spite of their support for the EHRC’s recent report – which forbids political interference in disciplinary outcomes.
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