Labour right’s Islamophobia leads to chaos in London borough
The Labour right’s mass purge of Muslim councillors and applicants in the London borough of Waltham Forest, which Skwawkbox exclusively reported in December, has led to a ‘meltdown’ in the party’s local election preparations, according to local press. The Waltham Forest Echo has noted that, with just three months to go until polling day, Labour has still not finalised its candidate selections and is mired in appeals as councillors try to fight their deselection.
The Tories are also struggling.
The anti-Muslim purge took place just before Christmas when overwhelmingly-white selection panels deselected no fewer than 13 out of 14 Muslim applicants to become candidates – including all 10 Pakistanis and Kashmiris.
Of forty existing councillors seeking to stand again, four were blocked: a Pakistani cabinet member who has been a councillor for 27 years and came within two votes of winning the council leadership only a few months earlier; two other Pakistanis and the most senior black Cllr, who had been elected deputy group leader just in September.
Local mosques are demanding an investigation into what they consider clear anti-Muslim discrimination. The local Tories are also struggling to complete their selections.
Islamophobia is rife among the Labour right, as highlighted by a damning report by the Labour Muslim Network (LMN) in 2020. Keir Starmer and his sidekick David Evans promised to implement the report’s recommendations immediately and in full, but no action was taken and the LMN was forced to speak out again after Starmer brought in a centrist journalist to help write his conference speech last autumn who had defended Tories over the ‘Muslim question’. Purges of Muslim councillors and candidates have taken place in other areas and several Labour officers in nearby Newham resigned from the party last week in protest at the regime’s racism.
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