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Exclusive: party chair quits Labour with withering dissection of Starmer’s unfitness

Former chair long targeted by Labour right for standing up for democracy leaves party in disgust

Paul Davies, long one of the leading figures of the Labour left on Merseyside, has quit the party with a letter of resignation that provides a devastating dissection of the evils of Labour under the Keir Starmer regime.

Davies, like his local party, was suspended by the party for many months as part of what the infamous leaked Labour report confirmed was a deliberate stitch-up of left members in Wallasey to defend right-wing MP Angela Eagle from democracy – and notably refuted a string of baseless smears by then-general secretary Iain McNicol against party members. The stitch-up collapsed and Davies was elected by members as the local party chair – but now he has decided enough is enough and that he will not collude in the deception perpetrated on the nation that Starmer’s outfit is in any way a Labour alternative to the Tories.

In his resignation letter, Davies writes:

As Chair of Wallasey Labour Party and Chair of the Wirral Local Government Committee I have watched developments within the Labour Party with growing concern.

The authoritarianism, lack of respect for democracy, unfair disciplinary procedures, failure to develop policies that offer anything substantive for those we claim to represent and last but not least the broken pledges of Keir Starmer have led me to resign from the Party.

To remain a member would in my view mean that I was complicit in the actions of a Party that I am embarrassed to be linked with and which I believe threatens the very foundations of democracy in what is effectively a two party state.

For any who might be  interested in a further explanation of my decision I give an outline below.

To the diminishing number of good members who remain in the Party in the hope that it will somehow be possible to transform it; I wish you well and hope you prove me wrong in my belief that it is too far gone for a democratic transformation into a Party of principle that fights for justice and equality standing up for the weak and poor against the strong and wealthy.

Paul Davies

Contributing factors in my decision to resign

1. Central control by the Party Machine

This has been witnessed by many of us personally and was further revealed in the Leaked Report “The work of the Labour Party’s Governance and Legal Unit in relation to antisemitism, 2014 – 2019”  .

The activities of the Party staff [were] fully exposed in the Report and the inquiry into it conducted by Martin Forde QC has yet to be published even though it was originally scheduled for July 2020.

2. Exaggerated claims of Antisemitism

The actual number of antisemites in a party that had 500,000 members was never published and if it had been would indeed have shown that the number being reported was exaggerated.

Any assertions that  the extent of anti-semitism was exaggerated gives rise to a judgement that the persons making such assertions are either themselves anti-semitic or bringing the party into disrepute. Any criticism of Israel or defence of members accused of  anti-semitism was judged as anti-semitic.

3. Suspension of CLPs and Branches

These are carried out for purely factional reasons and in Wallasey when we did  not support Angela Eagle in her Leadership bid lies were told about the CLP and false allegations made.

The leaked Report alleges that Angela Eagle was asking the staff in head office to extend the suspension of the CLP so that she could have time to get control of the CLP

4. Lack of respect for local democracy

In Liverpool the 3 candidates for Mayor selected by the local parties were not allowed to stand.

In Oxton the local preferred candidate Jeff Davies was suspended so preventing his selection and in Bebington the selected candidate Ruth Molyneux was removed from the Panel because of her opposition to council  cuts.

New Brighton was refused the right to select its own candidate.

The Wirral Local Government Committee is entitled to send 6 representatives to all Group meetings but this attendance was refused  throughout the whole period of the budget consideration.

5. Lack of respect for national democracy

Keir Starmer has made it clear that he will ignore Conference Resolutions that he does not like such as the call to sanction Israel for its apartheid policies towards Palestinians.

The challenge to Corbyn’s leadership by MPs showed disdain for the democratic process within the Party and was an attempted coup by the PLP.

The Leaked report also showed that Party Officials were intent on manipulating the outcome of the General Election to ensure that a socialist did not become PM.

6. Authoritarianism

The Party closed down debate over the suspension of Jeremy Corbyn and does not allow members to discuss any decisions reached under its disciplinary procedures even though the accusations against left wing members are regularly leaked to the press.

Young Labour’s social media accounts were closed down because they were critical of the leader’s uncritical support  of NATO.

The Party also prohibited debate regarding the leaked report so effectively closing down debate about its own conduct.

7. Lack of free speech

The most marked examples of this are the clamping down on criticism of Israel and NATO. Perhaps even more worryingly there is a self censorship for fear of saying something that  might be construed as being anti-semitic and lead to suspension or expulsion.

Any debate about Labour-controlled Councils not complying with Tory cuts is prohibited.

8. Unjust Disciplinary Procedures

The procedure is unfair and criticised as such  in the both the Chakrabarty Report and the judgement of the Equality and Human Rights Commission. Left wing members are judged to be guilty and then try hard to prove their innocence.

Regional Officials readily come to the rescue of favoured members.

When the Labour Group Chief Whip Karl Greaney  received a complaint against Councillor Paul Stuart  and said he would investigate the complaint, which was his duty to do as Chief Whip, he received phone calls from both Regional and National Officials instructing him not to investigate. His independence as Chief Whip was being threatened and as a result of the ensuing argument he both resigned as Chief Whip and his Labour Party Membership.

9. Proscriptions

The right to free speech and freedom to debate is crucial both in society and any political party so there should be no proscription except in extreme cases.

Even if the proscription of the 7 organisations proscribed so far is justified it is inconceivable that every person who has ever been a member of them or liked something on Facebook should be expelled.

Party rules now state that action against such members need not comply with Natural Justice.

10. Witchunt or McCarthyism

Angela Rayner made it clear that she would be willing to expel thousands of  members but it does seem beyond irony to expel members for being members or supported of Labour Against the Witch-hunt when the way it is being done is clear evidence of such a Witch-hunt.

Under McCarthyism many on the Left in the USA were persecuted for tenuous links to the  Communist Party or other Left organisations and the inquisitors went back many years looking for these tenuous links. This is the system now being adopted within Labour.

Members are being expelled for attending one of the proscribed organisations meetings even merely as a guest speaker or liking something on one of their Facebook pages even if these actions were several years ago.

The process used in expelling of members for alleged anti-semitism was bad enough to bring comparisons with McCarthyism but this was made even worse by  the declarations that anyone who defended a member  accused of anti-semitism is themselves anti-semitic which is reminiscent of those who were accused of Communist sympathies if they defended others so accused.

The trawling of social media accounts to look for “evidence” to expel  members is reminiscent of the Stasi. Originally this search was for comments opposing Israel but now it has been broadened out to any hint of support for the proscribed groups.

In Wallasey there was no justification for expelling Alan Runswick or Luke Agnew . A party that cannot accommodate such fine hardworking members has no semblance of Socialism and any Party that expels them for such flimsy reasons has no respect for justice.

11. Starmer’s Leadership campaign

Keir Starmer presented a progressive manifesto when standing for Leader and then ditched his pledges as soon as elected. I cannot see how he can be trusted over any other issue or would be any more trustworthy than Boris Johnson if he became PM.

He failed to disclose his wealthy backers until after he was elected and these backers may have undue influence so creating a party that “is not for the many but for the few”.

12. Side Lining and Controlling potential rivals

Keir Starmer immediately took steps to stamp out potential criticism by removing the whip from Jeremy Corbyn in contravention of the PLP Disciplinary Rules and the ruling of the EHRC regarding debate on the extent of antisemitism and then by demoting Rebecca Long Bailey. Action taken against the previous leader and most recent challenger was Putinesque.

Similarly from the Putin book of politics was when  members of the Socialist Campaign Group were forced to withdraw a Stop the War open letter they had signed in relation to Ukraine and NATO with the threat that they would have the Whip removed if they did not

Paul Davies

Skwawkbox understands that Mr Davies now intends to join the Green party, as did Wirral councillor Jo Bird, one of the many left-wing Jews persecuted by Starmer’s right-wing regime.

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  1. Here’s hoping he does everything possible to bring down parasite infested Labour. Join dynamic parties with confidence of convictions. Repeat everywhere ti the GENERAL public, that Starmer is a deceiver, dissembler, hypocrite, fraud, con-merchant, who hates the poor, and tells any without millions:


    exactly as he sneered to the pub land lord.

    1. without ACTIONS to return the mess Mandelson, WMD Blair and Starmer “WORKED FOR NIGHT AND DAY”, nothing is achieved. Zero. ZILCH.

      Evans, Mandelson, Blair WMD, Starmer & Co, could not give a t*** about resignations if resigners sit back and do nothing else to crush parasitic Starmer.

      That lot made it plain that they hoped to purge true Labour. They repeated their aim with salivation, the VERY instant GE2019 results showed their OBVIOUS People’s Vote overturn democracy plot worked. That very morning, the parasites broadcast their new tune: ” the Brexit debate is FINISHED”. Mandelson, WMD Blair, Coyle, Ashworth spouted their new tune first. Starmer, at his first media outing a few days after, said the same “the Brexit argument is SETTLED now”.

      That the remain plot was OBVIOUS was posted repeatedly by me right here on from the time Cameron called the Referendum.

    2. I hope Jo Bird has a much better time in the Green Party than the horrors she had in Labour.

    1. Agreed. I wish him well. He’s a good stick; he’s shown all the patience of Job and it’s NO surprise that he’s decided to do the off. Should’ve done a long time ago, IMO. The reptiles that are left are only too welcome to their clique. Shit on them.

      Haven’t seen Paul for a fair while. The last time was about three years ago at New Brighton Community centre – in the presence of former WLC leader and mayor pot haircut, who has now proven himself to be every bit the shady get I always knew him to be; ironically now he’s left politics altogether – Or so he says..While endorsing the smarmerite-imposed candidate on their leaflet 😒)

      Labour’s loss is most definitely the green’s gain. He’ll get my vote if he stands for election in my ward, and I’ll gladly deliver leaflets for him (if he stands locally).

  2. The party’s a sham, no natural justice for those accused of antisemitism and bringing the party into disrepute. Even though we know Starmer and his acolytes will be delighted that Paul has resigned well done to him for doing so.
    Let’s not forget not all members have been expelled from the party for attending meetings of the now proscribed groups. There was a quickly found excuse for not expelling Akehurst. I also think someone else from the right wasn’t expelled either, but I can’t remember who it was.

  3. It’s a very good resignation letter that goes to the heart of why many of us long time members…who left in disgust cant see anything in continuing flogging a dead horse when the labour party is rotton to the core .Hes obviously thought long and hard and as seen that the members themselves are compliant with this new labour party and so walked away..from the labour party.The sooner its finished then the sooner a true working class movement will come forward…IF Starmer packed it in Tomorrow theres plenty more like him to replace him in another stitch up leaders election and plenty more idiots to vote for them.The lack of political education and common sense is breathtaking in the labour party and don’t the leadership take advantage of that…

  4. An extremely well written letter from someone who looks like a man of honour and integrity. Why don’t the disaffected (former?) members stand in the next GE as ‘Local Labour’ and kick Starmer where it hurts – in the ballot box.

  5. ‘Action taken against the previous leader and most recent challenger was Putinesque.’

    What Paul, like you served Tony?

  6. He had me at “complicit in the actions of a Party that I am embarrassed to be linked with”!

    Respect, Paul Davies. His is a very powerful resignation and rejection letter.

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