Video features speech by Julie Lyon-Taylor
Four former officers of Liverpool Wavertree Labour party (CLP) remain suspended more than seven months after the party suspended them for the ‘crime’ of criticising their MP. The officers – Nina Houghton, secretary Kevin Bean, women’s officer Helen Dickson and BAME officer Hazuan Hashim – criticised Paula Barker’s comment that it was ‘deeply regrettable’ that former MP Luciana Berger had quit the party. Berger joined the infamous and now-defunct ‘Tinge’ party and subsequently stood unsuccessfully for the LibDems, as the SKWAWKBOX exclusively predicted last year.
Now Audrey White, who was paid hefty damages by the Jewish Chronicle for a ‘litany of lies‘ the paper published about her in four separate articles, has posted a video of a speech by local pensioner Julie Lyon-Taylor and published by award-winning film-maker Phil Maxwell, the chair and secretary of Merseyside Pensioners’ Association, accusing the Labour party of a ‘witch-hunt’ against the four:
Ms White was already prominent in the Labour movement, having won a landmark battle against sexual harassment that was immortalised in Glenda Jackson and John Thaw’s 1987 film ‘Business as Usual‘, which won the Grand Prix at the 1988 International Women’s Film Festival.
Ms White said:
This witch-hunt has gone far enough. I was libelled, but the party has suspended me as well
Supporters of the group contend that their treatment by the party foreshadowed the current Stalinist purge of left-wing members by party leader Keir Starmer and his acting general secretary David Evans.
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