Litany of right-wing anti-democracy and purge of left activists and candidates sees Labour trounced
Labour’s desperate attempts to spin its electoral flop – gaining barely any seats against a murderous and incompetent Tory government and losing out to the Tories in large parts of the country outside London – as a success have centred in large part on the party’s win in Barnet in north London.
But this evening the returning officer has confirmed that Labour has lost Harrow, which borders on Barnet, massively to the Tories:
Labour previously held the borough by 35 Labour councillors to 28 Tories, so the party has done even worse than simply revere the proportions.
The Labour right’s anti-democratic machinations and purge of the left have been on show in Harrow as much as almost anywhere, as Skwawkbox has often reported. A purge of left activists included a prominent left councillor – who had suffered a prolonged campaign of harassment by right-wing figures – on the feeblest and most trumped-up of excuses, while Labour members accused the party’s regional office of colluding with the right to rig selections and exclude left-wingers, even at the cost of failing to include the required number of women on the ‘panel list’ of potential candidates.
One local left figure summed up:
Despite expelling their best activists, despite purging all the left who wanted to stand despite disenfranchising in a most brutal persistent fashion they have shown a talent for catastrophe with all their handpicked candidates – throwing away the council after twelve years and handing Boris Johnson a lifeline in London.
No amount of media collusion in Starmer’s delusional claims that these elections have been a success or ‘turning point’ for Labour can hide the reality – attested by the country’s leading electoral expert – that this has been a disastrous performance by the Labour right and a massive rejection by former Labour heartlands of Starmer’s vacuous, policy-free and collaborationist ‘leadership’.
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