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Pro-Israel right scrambles to justify Stalinist expulsion appeals process after NEC ‘unease’

100% failure of appeals makes mockery of ‘independent’ process and even ‘mainstream’ media pay a little attention – so spin begins

Labour’s so-called ‘independent’ appeals process has come under the mildest scrutiny from the ‘mainstream’ media after national executive (NEC) member Ann Black’s report on NEC proceedings revealed that 100% of appeals against expulsions – including expulsions found to be suspect by the party’s ‘independent’ lawyers – have been rejected under Keir Starmer.

The Guardian featured details of Black’s ‘unease’ at the completely one-sided outcomes of appeals, in which expulsions found to be questionable are simply handed to yet another right-dominated party group for adjudication – and, surprise surprise, rejected. Every. Single. Time.

Even this mild spotlight on the scam-based purge of the left by ‘Keith Starmlin’ and his henchpeople is a cause for alarm, given the easy ride he is normally given – so the hardest of right-wing, pro-Israel hardliners sprang into action, with ‘We Believe in Israel’s Luke Akehurst claiming this 100% rejection rate was in fact a ‘reassuring’ success, because it meant every single expulsion had been ‘robust’ and justified:

The JLM’s awful Mike Katz chipped in with a moan that the Guardian headline wasn’t positive enough:

But the reality of what has gone on is clear from Black’s report, despite the Guardian’s sanitised language – the ‘independent’ lawyers found expulsions that they considered dodgy, but these just ended up with Labour’s right-dominated (since the scandalous removal of its eminent previous chair) National Constitutional Committee which, entirely unsurprisingly, rejected every single case that the lawyers thought dodgy:

appeals that were believed by the law firm to have some chance of success were referred to the party’s national constitutional committee (NCC), which deals with disciplinary matters, and were subsequently rejected.

And the ‘independence’ of the Labour process is clear, despite claims by Labour that its complaints are overseen by an “independent review board… and introducing an independent complaints board”. The ‘independent complaints board’, however, is a sham – from the outset, the right-wing, explicitly pro-Israel JLM (Jewish Labour Movement) and Board of Deputies were given a veto over who was allowed to sit on the ‘independent’ board and left-wing, pro-Palestinian Jewish groups are most definitely not welcome.

And of course, huge numbers of expulsions are intrinsically unjust and unlawful – because the persecuted members were expelled for ‘liking’ comments from, or attending meetings organised by, groups that the Labour right hates, but well before Labour banned them. No wonder Starmer and his minions are frightened of scrutiny.

Labour is a scam under Starmer and co and Starmer is unfit to be within a hundred miles of Downing Street.

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