After delegate suspension blitz to try to protect Starmer sidekick Evans from democracy, Labour machine resorts to simply pulling passes using ‘security’ as excuse
Labour’s assault on conference delegates continues as the right-wing party machine tries to save Keir Starmer sidekick David Evans from a ‘no’ vote at its party conference on whether he should be confirmed as Labour’s general secretary – and to defeat a conference motion making arrogant Labour MPs accountable to conference for their conduct – after it became clear that the right’s months spent rigging delegate selections wasn’t enough to guarantee the desired results.
After a blitz of suspensions of conference ‘CLP’ delegates, in which Labour has been so desperate to suspend as many as possible that it was forgetting even to change names in its cut-and-paste rush, the party is now withdrawing passes from delegates – who have been democratically elected by their local members to represent them – claiming security concerns as a reason for barring them, presumably because no excuse for suspension could be found in time.
The latest purge tactic has seen delegates from around the country say they have been hit.
As well as saving Evans, Labour was hoping to push through rule changes to deprive members of a meaningful vote in future leadership contests, though this has receded after unions rejected the idea. Labour’s biggest affiliate Unite has already said it will vote against it and elected representatives of Unison, Labour’s second-largest affiliate, have said their delegates should also reject it, even if the union’s right-wing general secretary reaches a deal with Starmer to back it. The Bakers’ and Fire Brigades unions, along with CWU, have also said they will vote no, with the Bakers also planning a disaffiliation vote over the party’s abuse of the union’s president Ian Hodson.
But the Labour right’s contempt for democracy and party members is apparently so deep that saving the dire Evans and avoiding MPs being answerable to conference are excuse enough for yet another escalation in its war on accountability and freedom of speech.
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