West Midlands official removed after pressure from right-wing MPs and party figures
The Labour party has been accused of sacking and suspending its West Midlands regional director Fadel Takrouri – the party’s only senior Palestinian official – for the ‘crime’ of being a Corbyn supporter, following a pressure campaign by right-wing MPs and party figures.
An email has been sent out to CLP secretaries in the region stating that Takrouri will be ‘away from the office in the immediate future’ and will be replaced on an interim basis by the current East Midlands director:
Senior Labour figures have told SKWAWKBOX that, while a pretext has been found for the move, the real reason is Takrouri’s support for Jeremy Corbyn and the desire of the local right to re-take control of a regional office previously infamous as a tool of the entrenched West Midlands right.
One insider, who is Jewish and not a Corbynite, told SKWAWKBOX:
It’s because he supports Jeremy, plain and simple.
Takrouri was appointed to the role against fierce opposition from the West Midlands Labour right. The move is seen both as part of the overall purge of the left currently underway in the national party and as the Labour right removing an obstacle to the re-establishment of the power it enjoyed in the area before and well into the Corbyn era.
Palestinians recently wrote an open letter to the Labour party expressing their fears about the party’s actions
shrink[ing] the space in the Labour party for British Palestinians’.
Fadel Takrouri’s removal is unlikely to do anything but deepen those concerns. Mr Takrouri declined to comment when he was contacted by SKWAWKBOX today.
Labour has today been exposed, in another SKWAWKBOX exclusive, providing protection for a right-wing councillor against member complaints who was yesterday jailed for 17 months for electoral fraud in relation to the same incident. But the purge of the left seemingly goes on unabated.
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