Derbyshire councillors resign over unchecked racism and misogyny, broken promises and war on democracy
Derbyshire councillors Kath and Shannon Thompson have resigned from the party ‘with heavy heart’ and stepped down from their positions – with an apology to local residents for Keir Starmer and what the Labour party has become under him.
The pair published a Facebook post to announce their decision, condemning Starmer’s ‘sickening’ broken promises, war on democracy and lack of opposition – and he and his party’s lack of interest in supporting ordinary people:
To the people of Whaley Bridge and Furness Vale.
It is with heavy heart that we now make public our resignation from the High Peak Borough Council and the Labour Party and our reasons for doing so. Some of you may support us and some will disagree with our stand, but make a stand we must.
After we won the election we had great expectations of ourselves and the party; of being able to help our villages and the people living and working in them. Since the change of leadership our party has sadly changed. The values we campaigned on when we spoke to you about the promises the national party gave you seem to have been abandoned.
From the start, the leader’s undemocratic stifling of debate and suppression of disagreement was a warning. The alleged racist and sexist behaviour of staff at the top of the party towards party members as cited in the Forde Report left us feeling betrayed and humiliated after campaigning so hard for what we felt was a wonderful change to the party.
We feel there has been a lack of effective opposition and support for ordinary people at a time of many real crises across the country. We felt the leadership’s actions to eliminate socialist policies was untenable. These are the very policies on which the Labour movement was founded.
During the election for the leadership, promises were made, only to be broken once in office. Many great members including Councillors, community activists and an MP, including the former leader Jeremy, were ejected from the party for very dubious reasons. We were sickened by this.
All this has left us feeling alienated from the party as a whole. It frankly does not represent our personal views and values anymore. Therefore we feel we cannot stand on your doorsteps and support a Labour party we no longer believe in.
We must say how much we have enjoyed the opportunity to help people in our community in so many ways during our tenure. Thank you to the many lovely people we have met and worked with. It has been an honour to help each and every one of you.
Kath and Shannon Thomson
The resignation echoes many others that have been made by principled former members and representatives of the party.
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