Akehurst flags right’s intention to ignore Lansman’s AWL appearance – but there will be no such nuance for the many
Comments to Skwawkbox by Labour right-winger Luke Akehurst indicate that Jon Lansman will be given a free pass despite his recorded link with the now-banned group Alliance for Workers’ Liberty (AWL).
Momentum founder Lansman faced expulsion from the party after the right-wing regime ‘proscribed’ AWL and two other groups, as Lansman has appeared as a speaker at at least one AWL event – an ‘offence’ now forbidden retrospectively after Labour’s national executive (NEC) voted to outlaw the three groups in line with Keir Starmer’s wishes.
Skwawkbox contacted Akehurst for comment after the NEC wrote the rules to ensure that Akehurst – an NEC member – would not fall foul of them, including a specific exemption for the right-winger’s appearance at the same AWL event to argue against their views. But when the conversation turned to Lansman, Akehurst was at pains to make excuses for Lansman and indicated that there would be no consequences:
Left Labour members have been expelled in large numbers for far more tenuous ‘support’ for the groups banned in the cowardly proscriptions, including merely giving an interview to a news sheet for an election campaign – or nothing more than merely liking an ‘unacceptable’ tweet or Facebook post.
But as Skwawkbox observed to the right-winger, such nuance is reserved only for right-wingers and the occasional useful tool. It appears Lansman is to get out of ‘jail’ free.
Jon Lansman has previously told Skwawkbox not to contact him for comment.
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