Ken Loach among award recipients, together with surprise guests
A Labour activist has responded to being a victim of Labour’s spineless and often retrospective purge by organising an awards night to celebrate ‘Labour heroes’ who have been expelled by Keir Starmer and his right-wing allies.
Crispin Flintoff runs the ‘Grassroots Labour’ platform and hosts the popular weekly ‘Not the Andrew Marr Show on Sunday mornings’. He was suspended three weeks ago by Labour, in a move described by observers as ‘sinister’ and ‘Stalinist’, for doing his job as an elected constituency party (CLP) secretary after he circulated the resignation statement of Henley CLP’s departing chair.
So Flintoff looked at the cowardly bullying of the party machine and thought, let’s celebrate those who have been smeared, suspended and expelled for standing up for what’s right – and promptly organised an awards night to take place a week from tonight.
‘A night for Labour Heroes’ will take place at Conway Hall in London next Wednesday (15th December, 7:30-9:30pm). Flintoff told Skwawkbox:
I think it’s time we call these ridiculous suspensions and expulsions out. I’ve put on more fundraisers than any individual in Labour Party history [more than 250 in over nine years], yet I’ve been suspended for simply circulating the resignation letter of my CLP Chair.
At the same time as that, lifelong Jewish anti-racists are being labelled “anti-semitic” and people like Ken Loach, Pamela Fitzpatrick, Jo Bird and Ian Hodson have been expelled for being part of banned groups that were not banned when they were linked with them.
Instead of demonising these people, we need to celebrate them and honour them for their courage in speaking up against this nonsense.
Already confirmed to attend the evening are world-renowned film director Ken Loach, black Jewish activist Jackie Walker, straight-talking former miner John Dunn, Jewish Voice for Labour (JVL) co-chair Leah Levane, Bakers’ union leader Ian Hodson, left-wing Jewish councillor Jo Bird, harassed and bullied Councillor Pamela Fitzpatrick, JVL activists Graham Bash, Naomi Wimborne-Idrissi, Diana Neslen, Carole Vincent, Joe Attard and the son of Riva Joffe, who will be speaking on behalf of his mother – another JVL activist – who died two weeks after she was suspended. Awards for the night include Suspension of the Year and Auto-exclusion of the Year.
Register here for ‘A night for Labour Heroes’.
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