Labour’s assault on its young members continues
Labour’s right-wing machine has mounted a continual and scurrilous campaign, together with its press allies, against the party’s official youth section, Young Labour.
Smears and a notice of investigation against YL’s chair Jess Barnard have been combined with smears against YL itself – and attempts to block the organisation from holding an event at all at this year’s annual conference, with particular attacks on Young Labour’s clear stance of solidarity with Palestinians. But the party backed down under widespread outrage, showing the usual shiftiness of the Labour right.
And that underhandedness was on show again yesterday, when Young Labour’s rally was ‘mysteriously cancelled’ on the party’s conference app, as one of its members pointed out on Twitter:
Despite the move, the event went ahead and was packed out. It’s just a pity that the vibrant and principled group is such an anomaly in a party that has now turned on it – and on all its members with political principles and vision, while the right-wing machine busies itself reassuring billionaires and barons that it will be too busy burying its nose in their backsides to actually change anything meaningful.
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