Forced move to less accessible meeting format breaks party rules
Keir Starmer’s war on Liverpool, the nation’s politically reddest city, has already seen:
- Labour’s notional leader write for the hated Murdoch S*n
- then say he would do so again, despite mass outrage across the region and elsewhere
- the party impose a right-wing hardliner on local election selection processes and bar all left candidates from standing
- Labour interfere in the Liverpool party’s mayoral candidate selection, barring candidates including a popular black woman and replacing her with a twice-bankrupt
- the appointment of another right-wing hardliner as ‘Liverpool officer’ who quit the party to campaign against Labour for the Change UK ‘Tinge’ party
But Starmer and his henchpeople have not finished – and are now moving to remove the vast majority of members from direct involvement in the decisions of their constituency parties.
According to officers of constituency parties (CLPs) in the city region, Labour is now forcing Liverpool CLPs to return to a branch/delegate structure, where only delegates sent by branches to the ‘general meeting’ will be able to vote on the CLP’s activities, spending and resolutions – and delegates sent by ‘affiliates’, which the right has spent years taking over, will have a voting power that they do not possess in the ‘all-member’ structure.
The branch/delegate structure is one of the meeting structures allowed in Labour’s rulebook – but the rules are clear that only CLP members can decide to change the way they meet – and that if a ‘party unit’ such as Labour’s national executive (NEC) wants to change it, they can propose it but it can only be implemented if a majority of members vote for it:
The NEC can set guidelines for the consultation, but has no authority under the rules to impose a change. But – in a manner entirely typical of the arrogance displayed by the party’s right under Keir Starmer – Labour is ignoring its own rules to force a change to a structure the right thinks it can more easily control.
One local CLP officer described the process and its impact:
This is clearly an initiative designed to emasculate the CLPs and activists in general. Branch AGMs (annual general meetings) will be held early in the new year, even though ours is normally in summer. The change will mean that in order to attend CLP you need to be delegated by your branch – assuming anyone bothers to attend. [After the change] a new CLP AGM will then be held and a new exec chosen by branch delegates.
They closed all the Liverpool CLPs in 1992 as a punishment for their years of support for the 47 [councillors who refused to implement cuts that would hurt vulnerable people in the 1980s]. They’re not brave enough to do this now so this is second best but amounts to the same thing.
Such is the level of apathy and disillusionment with Keir Starmer – even among many local right-wingers – that the party is merging some branches in an attempt to create meetings with enough attendees to be ‘quorate’.
Local Labour parties in Liverpool and its surrounds have voted no confidence in Keir Starmer over his actions – even before his betrayal of writing in the rag locally referred to as the ‘Scum’. It seems the party is now handing out a punishment beating, but Starmer’s cowardly war on Liverpool for being a left city has been going on almost since the Starmer regime began.
The left knew what Starmer was, but some on the right in Liverpool who fell for Starmer’s false promises during his election campaign have had a rude awakening.
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