Members ignored, overruled, excluded and told to vote despite not being clear what they were voting for, while questions and points of order repeatedly ignored by London regional director
Skwawkbox has received a video made my West Derby Labour members that sheds further light on the farce of the party’s supposedly democratic vote on whether left-winger – and MP of the Year – Ian Byrne should continue to stand for the party in the Liverpool seat.
The process so far has been marked by members’ claims of rigging and other issues, while Skwawkbox exclusively revealed yesterday that right-wing challenger and party staffer Anthony Lavelle is able to send campaign emails to members, incumbent Byrne has been locked out of Labour’s communication systems – in breach of party rules.
So serious were the issues that Labour’s own official refused to sign off on the ‘trigger’ vote ‘results’, but instead of investigating the official’s concerns, Labour simply removed them and installed its London regional office, which has been accused of rigging, data breaches and ignoring intimidation in London votes, to run the process instead.
In addition, allegations of bullying and ‘concentration camp’ hate speech by Lavelle toward a young disabled woman have been ignored by the party, which has longlisted him regardless.
Earlier this week, Lavell and his fans trumpeted the result in the branch nomination meeting of Lavelle’s own Knotty Ash West Derby branch. But the new video reveals the vote was a ‘shambles’ in which Labour’s London regional director ignored and overruled members trying to ask questions or raise points of order, huffed in apparent frustration when they wouldn’t simply acquiesce, then declared the meeting closed while many members were still asking questions or raising issues – including that of at least one member who had been shut out of the meeting and was knowingly not allowed back in:
Rather than cast votes at the meeting, where members could verify and if necessary challenge the result, Starmer’s Labour is using the ‘Anonyvoter’ system over a 24-hour period after the meeting closes. The company that runs the ‘Anonyvoter’ system is owned by right-wing Labour councillors close to Keir Starmer’s general secretary David Evans.
During the ‘trigger’ process, Byrne supporters heavily outnumbered opponents in some meetings that were then reported as losses. In others, Byrne supporters were excluded from voting and party officials briefed hostile journalists that Byrne had lost before the vote even closed.
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