Left favourite robbed by Starmer and allies of new Liverpool mayor resigns from party
Liverpool Princes Park councillor Anna Rothery was the left favourite to stand in Liverpool’s mayoral election earlier this year, until she and her two rivals were removed from the contest without cause or explanation – though in fact because she was ready to speak out about corruption among the Labour establishment – by Labour in an unholy alliance between the Labour right and a small group of notionally-left ‘fixers’ and new candidates were imposed on members amid chaos and protests. As a result of the party machine’s interference and racism, the party’s new candidate was elected on a much-reduced vote share in what has been the country’s politically-reddest city.
And Rothery has today resigned from the party and will fight the next Princes Park election as an independent candidate, citing Keir Starmer’s lack of opposition, his assault on democracy and his unforgivable betrayal of the city by writing for Murdoch’s S*n, as well as the leadership’s personal war on her.
Cllr Rothery’s letter to Labour General secretary David Evans reads::
Dear Mr Evans,
Today I have taken the difficult decision to resign from the Labour Party and to sit as an independent on Liverpool City Council. It’s a matter of great sadness, having joined the Party as a teenager but one I arrived at on principle. As a socialist, I feel the Labour Party no longer represents my values. I can no longer serve the residents of Princes Park to the best of my abilities and remain as a member.
I believe Labour’s national leadership is failing in its duty to effectively oppose the government’s attacks on our people. The leadership is more interested carrying out internal party vendettas than standing up for our people, our black community and our LGBTQIA community.
Our country is being divided by a government and opposition party that should be uniting us around the common agendas of human rights, equality, dignity and respect. And yet food and fuel poverty, job insecurity, cuts in benefits to our most vulnerable, child poverty, our NHS being worked to the bone and hate crime are all on the increase.
I have been on the receiving end of the leadership’s attacks, despite serving as a councillor for 15 years, as mayoral lead for equality and Lord Mayor and increasing the Labour majority in my ward over four terms.
I was treated with utter contempt, with my name dragged through the mud for having the temerity of offering myself as a candidate for Liverpool’s elected mayor. But the decision of Sir Keir Starmer to actively engage and seek support from the Murdoch press despite the feelings of the whole of Merseyside was unforgivable.
Petty personality politics wastes time and provokes demoralisation and I want to spend my time supporting the people of our great city. As an independent councillor I will continue to fight passionately for my residents and the city without being held back by a timid national leadership or distracted by the internal fights in the party.
Labour loses yet another strong woman of colour to its war on black and Asian women and the people of Princes Park will have an opportunity to let Keir Starmer know what they think, in a city where his pale and poisonous version of the Labour party is already haemorrhaging votes.
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