Wronged officers and left-wing Jewish group launch crowdfund for legal action via top law firm Bindmans
Labour’s acting general secretary David Evans has been taken to task by a leading law firm, in a letter accusing Evans of exceeding his authority under the rules and in law in his assault on members’ rights to freedom of speech.
Bindmans, acting on behalf of two suspended constituency party (CLP) officers and Jewish Voice for Labour (JVL), has laid out Evans’s breaches in a 20-page legal letter, including:
- misapplication of Labour rules to justify his attempt to ban free speech
- discriminating against the party’s left-wing Jews – and against other minorities
- discriminating against Palestinians to protect the feelings of pro-Israel members
- discriminating against Jews by acting as if there is only ‘one Jewish view’ – and acting as if he has the right to decide what is ‘acceptable for Jews to say’
- banning free speech in a ‘blanket’ manner, without evidence to support his actions
- unlawfully assuming that Labour has the right to dictate what local parties can discuss
- wrongly treating human rights laws as if they ban anything someone might find offensive
- acting disproportionately and outside his powers
- misapplying and selectively applying Labour’s rules – including in the direct opposite effect of what they actually say
- breaching Labour’s codes of conduct
The letter can be downloaded in full here.
As well as JVL, Bindmans is acting for Louise Regan, chair of Nottingham East CLP and Dr Marion Roberts, vice-chair of Camberwell and Peckham. Both officers have been suspended by Evans after local members insisted on discussing and voting on motions relating to Keir Starmer’s withdrawal of the whip from the party’s former leader Jeremy Corbyn, which itself breaches the recent EHRC report’s ban on ‘political interference’ in disciplinaries..
The group has launched a crowdfund to raise cash for the legal action to challenge the lawfulness of Evans’s actions.