Labour right doesn’t even have competence in its favour
The Labour right’s claim of competence has again been exposed as a fraud by the East Midlands Labour website, which is still full of former leader Jeremy Corbyn and his Shadow Chancellor John McDonnell. The region, considered one of the hotbeds of the Labour hard right in terms of party structures, has not updated its ‘about’ page in the more than two years since Keir Starmer took over:
Most of the images of the region’s main landing page are also from the Corbyn era, showing people holding the ‘For the Many’ placards that the party used when Labour still stood for something meaningful. Apparently there’s nothing attended by enough people under Keir Starmer to be viable to use as a home-page picture.
Meanwhile, the party is still locked out of one of the regions constituency party (CLP) Twitter accounts. To the undoubted frustration of the Labour right, the Mansfield Labour feed hasn’t been updated in years and still prominently features not just Corbyn, but Chris Williamson – another of the people the right loves to hate:
The right’s incompetence and bankruptcy has been on show in more concrete ways, too. According to locals, the right-dominated party machine cossetted then-Labour Ashfield councillor Lee Anderson until he was finally suspended after a racism storm – and legally sanctioned – for dumping boulders to prevent Gypsy Travellers from using a campsite. Anderson, who worked as office manager for Labour-right MP (at the time) Gloria de Piero, then defected to the Tories and now sits as the Tory MP for the area.
Anderson has since been reprimanded by the Tories for an ‘extremist’ ‘hate speech’ rant about Travellers and has said he refused to watch England football matches because he didn’t like players ‘taking a knee’ against racism and in solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement.
Anderson also had to undertake antisemitism training after signing a letter that used an antisemitic smear, yet was nonetheless recently part of a ‘Conservative Friends of Israel’ trip to Jerusalem.
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