Socialist Appeal membership used as grounds for expulsion of Alex Falconer – but like its counterparts on the right, it organises within the party and does not stand candidates against it, nor is it a ‘proscribed’ group
The Labour party has declined to say it would treat internal right-wing Labour groups in the same way as left groups, after it misapplied its rules to expel the left-wing vice-chair of Truro and Falmouth CLP for membership of Socialist Appeal. The party informed Alex Falconer that he was being ‘auto-excluded’ for membership of:
Socialist Appeal, which is incompatible with membership of the Labour party.
The party invoked rule 2, clause I.4.B of the Labour rule book, which states:
A member of the Party who joins and/ or supports a political organisation other than an official Labour group or other unit of the Party, or supports any candidate who stands against an official Labour candidate, or publicly declares their intent to stand against a Labour candidate, shall automatically be ineligible to be or remain a Party member, subject to the provisions of Chapter 6.I.2 below of the disciplinary rules.
However, Socialist Appeal organises within the Labour party and does not stand candidates against Labour and is not on the party’s list of ‘proscribed’ organisations. In that regard, it is like right-wing pressure groups Labour First and Progress.
Those two groups also routinely back a joint ‘slate’ of candidates in Labour’s internal elections, which by the party’s ‘logic’ toward Alex Falconer should see members of those groups expelled, let alone being allowed to stand for the party’s national executive and other administrative bodies. But of course, the party appears to have no intention of applying its rules even-handedly by expelling members of those groups – even though their members and supporters have often worked to undermine its electability.
Skwawkbox contacted the party and asked it to confirm whether it would be reinstating Mr Falconer with an apology, or else kicking out Progress and Labour First in order to apply its rules lawfully. A press spokesperson first responded that she had ‘no clue’, then promised to provide a response if the enquiry was submitted by email, which it was.
19 hours after the expiry of the deadline, the party has still not responded. If only that was surprising.
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