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Labour retrospectively expels former Unite rep on party national executive

Martin Mayer has been kicked out for speaking at a meeting three years before it was banned, as Labour’s justice-flouting purge of left-wingers continues

Martin Mayer, from his Linkedin page

Well-known Unite and Labour left-winger Martin Mayer has been expelled by the Labour party as the right’s purge of left-wingers continues for activities that were allowed at the time they were done, against all idea of natural justice.

Mayer has published details of the expulsion, which he says resulted from him speaking – as a union representative on Labour’s national executive – about the right’s sabotage of former party leader Jeremy Corbyn:

Today I have been expelled from the Labour Party. I set out below their letter to me received by email today. After 41 years of continuous Labour Party membership, the right wing clique under Keir Starmer and David Evans have determined that I am no longer acceptable to be a member of the Labour Party simply for addressing a Labour Against the Witchunt meeting in 2018, 3 years before it was proscribed last year. In other words this is a totally retrospective application of the Rule: at the time I attended I was breaking no Labour Party Rule.

As I explained in my written submission in response to the allegation put to me, I went to the meeting to explain what I had witnessed as a UNITE delegate to Labour NEC regarding the role Iain McNicol and the Central Office staff played in undermining Jeremy Corbyn’s leadership, targeting Corbyn supporters for expulsion and/or suspension particularly during the leadership elections to deny them a vote, and weaponising the issue of antisemitism. I pointed out that much of what I had spoken about at the meeting was vindicated by the much delayed Forde report which was published just as I received my disciplinary notification in July.

There is no question of this being justice in any sense of the word. This is yet another blatant example of the biggest purge of the Left in Labour’s history under Keir Starmer’s leadership, with many thousands of members similarly expelled over the last 2 years. As a life-long trade unionist, internationalist and socialist with a proud record of active service in the Labour and Trade union Movement, I feel angry and bitter at this decision. I am a far more genuine member of the true Labour Party than the right wing clique who have now taken charge, and who I feel are betraying the very values on which the Labour Party was built by the trade unions 120 years ago.

I’ve been given right to appeal.

Dear Mr Mayer,
Notice of Outcome of NEC Panel Decision: Termination of Membership of the Labour Party
We are writing to inform you that the Labour Party (the Party) has concluded its investigation into the allegation that you had committed a Prohibited Act pursuant to Chapter 2, Clause I.5.B.v of the Labour Party Rule Book (the Rules). 1

A panel of the National Executive Committee (the NEC Panel) met on 26 October 2022 and considered all of the evidence that the Party put to you and any evidence submitted by you in
response. The NEC Panel then made findings of fact and then applied the Rules to those findings. We have set out the findings of the NEC Panel below.

Summary of the Findings of the NEC Panel
Allegation 1: Support for Labour Against the Witchhunt, 2018
The NEC Panel had regard to the written representations of Mr Mayer submitted on 27 July 2022.
The NEC Panel found, on the balance of probabilities, that Mr Mayer has spoken on the platform of a meeting organised by Labour Against the Witchhunt on 24 May 2018.
The NEC Panel concluded that Mr Mayer had, in its opinion, demonstrated the type of support for Labour Against the Witchhunt prohibited by Chapter 2, Clause I.5.B.v of the Rules.
Consequently, the NEC Panel agreed that the membership of Mr Mayer should be terminated

So far, it does not appear that Unite has taken any action against the party.

A mass retrospective and trumped-up purge of left-wingers and mass stitch-ups of candidate selections. Keir Starmer’s cowardly regime gives Stalin a bad name.

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