More anti-democracy to prevent action against diktat
The chair of a Norwich-wide all-member meeting shut down the group’s Zoom meeting to prevent members voting on a motion of no confidence in Keir Starmer and David Evans on Friday evening – or even voting on whether the motion should be heard and voted on.
Members objected to an attempt to ‘rule out’ the motion on the basis that it discussed antisemitism – even though it didn’t. Local MP Clive Lewis proposed that an indicative vote should be taken to see whether members wanted the motion to be heard – and the meeting chair instead shut down the meeting, to prevent any further discussion.
According to members present, not a single item of the meeting’s agenda had been completed when the chair cut the feed. Labour’s London regional officers have resorted to similar tactics.
Anti-democratic measures are alive and well in the Labour party to shore up the leadership’s Stalinism. In spite of that, CLP officers in many areas continue to show courage and respect for the legally-protected right of members to freedom of speech and expression. In addition to around 130 CLPs (constituency parties) who have voted through motions calling for Jeremy Corbyn’s reinstatement and/or of no confidence in Starmer and Evans, over a hundred more have bypassed the party’s attempt to ban free speech by writing directly to Starmer and Evans to express their outrage and demand the pair follow Labour’s rules and principles.
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