All 16 members of Wakefield local Labour party (CLP)’s elected executive have resigned in disgust at Keir Starmer’s war on democracy. At least some have resigned their party membership entirely, with one former exec member saying:
I believe in local democracy. I believe local people should be representing people in Wakefield. If a party ignores a membership to that extent that I’m not going to be part of the membership
Local party members are furious at the regime’s decision to trample on selection processes and impose a longlist of candidates from outside the area for the Wakefield by-election in what another member said was ‘a complete stitch-up from the start’, according to the ‘Northern Agenda’ podcast.
The Wakefield group is far from the first to quit the party over Starmer’s anti-democratic obsession, his war on members and the Labour right’s racism. Just in March, the exec of New Brighton Labour resigned en masse and a week before that, the elected officers of Berwick upon Tweed Labour did the same, while in February the execs of both CLPs in the London borough of Newham quit their party memberships along with a number of ‘rank and file’ members of those local parties, in protest at both the war on democracy and the unchecked and unpunished racism and Islamophobia of the Labour right.
Labour under Starmer is a shell and democracy in the rotting corpse of a recently-great party is sham that Starmer and co often don’t even bother to maintain as a front, trusting their pals in the laughably-termed ‘centrist’ media to ignore or actively cover for their actions, as they do with everything else.
And many members who remained in the party after more than 200,000 already quit in disgust are saying ‘enough is enough’ and refusing to be part of it.
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