Labour right and its fellow-travellers target left councillors for discrimination
Earlier this week, the ruling Labour group on Wirral council on Merseyside colluded with the Tories to bar the borough’s only Jewish councillor, Jo Bird, from sitting on the council’s policy-making committees. Bird has been expelled from the Labour party, essentially for the ‘crime’ of being a left-wing Jew and sits as an independent to serve the people who elected her – and right-wing, non-Jewish councillors even denied her experience of antisemitism in order to marginalise her.
And now, Labour-run Liverpool council has joined Wirral in targeting ex-Labour independents and barring them from sitting on the policy bodies in which any other city councillor would be entitled to participate.
Cllr Sam Gorst is a well-known left-winger in the city – and like Bird he has been retrospectively expelled after repeated persecutions by Labour for comments supporting Palestine and for standing in solidarity with other Labour members smeared by the party.
Gorst posted on Facebook to describe the council’s shameful manoeuvering:
Among other councillors affected are Anna Rothery and Sarah Morton. Rothery resigned from the party last month, after facing profound racism and anti-democratic abuses, in protest at Keir Starmer’s determination not to oppose the Tories, his war on party members and democracy and his failure to properly support black communities.
Morton similarly resigned in disgust at the ‘racist, counterfeit Tory party’ Labour has become under Starmer, his sidekick David Evans and their hangers-on.
Other councils routinely allow independents to sit on committees. In some cases, independents hold the balance of power and play a key role in the running of the council.
Yet Liverpool Labour – run by a mayor who claims to be on the left – has copied the right-wing tricks performed on the other side of the Mersey to sideline councillors who have been abused by the party and/or quit their membership in disgust at the abuse perpertrated against others.
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