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Video: Akehurst admits working to ‘get rid of Corbyn’ as party leader

Right-winger now backs Starmer and despatched by Starmer to veto left-wing candidates

Labour right-winger and national executive (NEC) member Luke Akehurst has admitted on camera to being one of an unspecified number of people who spent Jeremy Corbyn’s leadership of the Labour party working ‘inside the party’ ‘trying to get rid’ of him:

Video posted on Twitter by Steve Powers

The clip was not surreptitiously recorded. It forms part of a longer video published on YouTube by a UK synagogue titled ‘What’s going on in regard to Israel’.

Akehurst, a former arms promoter who runs right-wing pressure group Labour First and works for an Israel advocacy group, is notorious as the right-winger who wrote the defence of Luke Stanger, a right-wing Israel supporter who is the subject of multiple complaints of bullying, stalking and racism.

Stanger was suspended and appeared to be on the verge of expulsion, but the case against him mysteriously disappeared from Labour’s processes after Akehurst’s Labour First colleague Gurinder Singh Josan took over the NEC’s disciplinary commitee. Josan then tweeted how great it was to have Stanger back out campaigning as a Labour member.

Left-wingers can be expelled from the party for liking a tweet about a politician not having Covid, but right-wingers can admit to years of sabotage with impunity.

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