Elected officers say regional party has ignored abuse they have suffered from right-wingers while inventing pretext to seize control of selections
It is with regret that we, the signatories of this letter announce our resignation as officers of New Brighton Labour Party Branch.
As officers we pride ourselves on how well attended our branch meetings are, the political education we provide through excellent local speakers and how proactive we have been in our local area. From donations to local food banks, tree planting, supporting local refugees, Santa Sacks for local families and so much more, we were proud that we took our socialist values into our community. We have worked hard to make our meetings respectful, welcoming and inclusive so we can make a real difference to our local community through shared values.
We were also really looking forward to meeting members again as we returned to face to face meetings. However we have been consistently undermined by certain individuals in our branch and when complaints were made we received no support or even had an acknowledgement from Labour Party Northwest. Their lack of action has resulted in this minority of members continuing to exhibit unacceptable behaviours and we believe may have actually encouraged them to become more confident in disrupting and frustrating our meetings.
NW Region really showed their true colours when they informed us that our meeting to select our candidate for the May local elections would have to be cancelled because a complaint had been made. Your executive were not provided with any further details until we were informed that the “incident surrounding
the New Brighton selection has now been investigated … the selection process for New Brighton, will be carried out by the Northwest Regional Executive“.
We contacted Region by email to find out how they planned to carry out the candidate selection which they never acknowledged never mind answer our questions!
Then on Saturday 19 March we were informed by Paul Stuart, LGC Panel Coordinator that “Regional executive board have selected Susan Powell Wilde as the candidate for New Brighton. I am sure this is welcomed news. Now is the time to get campaigning and promote the new candidate for New Brighton“.
How can we welcome a candidate that we know very little about and who has not been endorsed by the members of New Brighton. This candidate has been imposed upon us which shows yet again the contempt Labour Party Northwest has for local members, as also shown by the removal last week of the Labour candidate for Bromborough. They have shown no respect or acknowledged our positive contribution to supporting local residents and our proud democratic values, which is why we are resigning with immediate effect.
Laura Knotts, Chair
Shelagh Cullity, Branch Secretary
Andrew Bennett, Vice Chair
John Betteridge, Treasurer
Rosemary Hale, Membership Secretary
Gillian Homeri, Environmental Officer
Linda Wall, Social Media Officer
Gerard Corcoran, Disability Officer
A local source told Skwawkbox:
These people had done so much for their community but it had become untenable for them. Angela Eagle will be delighted.
Right-winger Eagle, the local Labour MP, was at the centre of a scandal after her supporters accused left members of throwing a brick through her office. A buried party investigation found no evidence of wrongdoing, while a police investigation subsequently showed the window was not in her office and there had been never been a brick, nor was anyone ever charged with the act. After the constituency party (CLP) was suspended by Labour for many months, party staff communications in the leaked Labour report revealed that it had been done to protect Eagle from deselection.
Last week, the executive of Berwick upon Tweed (CLP) resigned en masse in protest at the party leadership’s war on members and active defence of racists. Last month, the elected officers and a number of members of both CLPs in Newham quit both their positions and their party membership in disgust at the same phenomena.
Labour is rotting from the head and the regional offices are spreading the putrefaction, while local parties and communities lose the decent members who genuinely have their best interests at heart.
North-west Labour has been contacted for comment.
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