Suspended MP piggybacking his campaign on Labour logo – and texting members to support his reselection despite not being a Labour MP
In February, Neil Coyle was suspended from the Labour party after making a racist comment to a British-Chinese journalist. Under the party’s rules, while suspended he no longer holds the party ‘whip’ and is no longer a Labour MP – and is not permitted to use the party’s logo, attend ‘CLP’ meetings or stand for election as a party representative in any election.
Nonetheless, Coyle was revealed last week to be texting Labour members to ask them to support his reselection as a Labour candidate at the next general election, but the Labour right is going much further than that – allowing him to campaign with them and helping him deliver his own leaflets along with Labour-branded literature, essentially presenting him as a Labour MP despite his suspension.
With the typical arrogant impunity of the Labour right, Coyle tweeted a picture of himself out campaigning with Labour members, saying what a ‘good…delivery session on the doors’ it had been.
The Labour branding can be made out on the ‘Save Southwark Buses’ leaflets his supporters are posting along with his own:
And his use of the Labour branding despite his suspension is even more blatant on his Twitter feed, where his ‘pinned tweet’ at the time of writing shows him in front of his constituency office with Labour placards prominently on show. The tweet was posted in May, some three months after his suspension:
The Labour press office was not picking up calls to answer a request for comment.
Neil Coyle’s history as a Labour MP is a troubling one. Months before Keir Starmer finally withdrew the whip, the Labour ‘leader’ ignored a personal complaint of antisemitism against Coyle sent to Starmer by a noted Jewish professor and two leading lawyers, one of them knighted, after Coyle had called for the expulsion of left-wing Jews from the party. The MP has also frequently shown himself up, sometimes leading to rebukes from local members.
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