Party’s determination to oust left-winger reflects contempt of Labour regime for unions
Left-wing West Derby MP Ian Byrne is currently fighting for his political life against the determination of the Labour regime to replace him with a pliant right-winger – one who won’t show up Keir Starmer and co by actually fighting hunger and inequality and genuinely being working-class, rather than the ‘son of a toolmaker (who owned the factory)’.
That authoritarian determination saw such intense rigging of results in the ‘trigger’ process that decided whether there would be a contest that the official appointed to oversee it refused to sign off on the ‘result’ – and was promptly removed by the party and replaced by the London regional office, which has been accused of extensive anti-democratic conduct, extending domestic abuse perpetrated against Muslim woman MP Apsana Begum and even ‘criminal’ data breaches in its own territory.
The party’s push to remove Byrne has also seen Labour break its own rules to lock Byrne out of party communications platforms, preventing him from emailing members – while the right-wing staffer, whom the party wants to install in the safe seat (despite unanswered allegations of bullying and hate speech toward a young disabled woman), is reportedly able to freely email campaign messages and media to members.
But Byrne has the backing of the party grassroots – and mass support of the unions that are supposed to be the backbone of the party and movement. He announced in a tweet today that he has the formal support of almost the entire array of affiliated unions, including some who would normally swing right:
And small wonder. Byrne is the current MP of the Year for his work fighting hunger and poverty – which the Labour right hates him for – a fight he was involved in long before he was an MP and has pursued relentlessly since he was elected, to the benefit of ‘working poor’ people in and out of unions as well as of others struggling against the Tories’ cruelty and manufactured hardships.
The fact that Labour remains determined to oust Byrne at any cost, despite this mass grassroots and union backing underlines the contempt and arrogance with which the party regime regards the working-class heart of the movement, ignores the plight of the poor and despises the democratic rights of its members.
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