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Akehurst’s AWL support that ISN’T covered by NEC proscription exemption

Right-wingers – eager to hound the left while letting their own off the hook – missed one

As Skwawkbox reported, the Labour right wrote the rules proscribing three more left groups with a very specific exemption that protected arch right-winger Luke Akehurst – Akehurst had appeared at an event run by newly-proscribed group AWL and the new rules say that is allowed because it was to debate against the views of the group. The party has thrown natural justice in the dustbin in order to apply rules retrospectively against left-wingers for associations they had when they were not forbidden by the rules.

But the right appears to have ‘missed one’. In 2018, Akehurst tweeted a link to an article written by an ‘AWL guru’ – specifically naming the group itself:

Such social media posts have led to the expulsion of many left-wingers – and this is no ‘debate’ against AWL’s views . No doubt Akehurst will be given a free pass on this, just as he signalled that Momentum founder Jon Lansman will be – but to do it Labour will have to ignore the rules the Labour right just imposed for its own ends, opening up the party to the risk of legal action by any members who are expelled for mere positive social media mentions of a now-banned group.

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