Facts correct misleading narrative again targeting Liverpool members
Members of Liverpool’s Riverside constituency Labour party (CLP) have told the SKWAWKBOX that the party’s regional office and the CLP’s executive broke Labour’s rules on multiple occasions last week to block motions of no confidence in Keir Starmer and acting general secretary David Evans.
The CLP had already been barred from discussing motions on the restoration of the Labour ‘whip’ to former party leader Jeremy Corbyn, but was blocked last week from voting on a motion of no confidence in both Starmer and Evans for their conduct over the matter, even though the motions were ‘competent’ under Labour’s rules – and the interference was compounded by the decision of the CLP’s vice-chair, who was chairing the meeting, to ignore the rules when members attempted to challenge her ruling and then to hold a vote of no confidence in her.
Members had tabled the motion of no confidence in Starmer and Evans after carefully-constructed motions of support for Corbyn had been ruled out, but these motions were also ruled out, with the regional representative informing the meeting that this was on the instructions of Evans – Evans ruling out a motion of no confidence in himself.
Members then put forward a motion to challenge the chair’s decision to accept the regional office interference in the CLP’s business. Labour rules say that if such a challenge is made, the matter must go to a vote immediately – and the chair is defeated if a two-thirds majority vote for the challenge. However, the challenge was ignored – leading to an attempt to move a vote of no confidence in the chair, which would have required only 50% plus one to carry. That was also ignored, despite the presence of a regional officer who in that instance should have intervened to maintain the party’s rules.
Members of the CLP accused officers of trying to be on both sides of the issue at once, with one member memorably describing them as ‘trying to ride two horses with one arse’.
Both the chair of the meeting and the regional representative were contacted for comment on Sunday. Neither has responded.
Moves by David Evans to block motions of no confidence in himself are farcical. Even worse is the Labour right’s readiness to abuse, ignore and break the rules in order to muzzle members and block their democracy.
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