Labour ‘no longer upholds values’ compatible with democracy, says Mohammed Aslam Khan
The deputy leader of Luton council has quit the party today with a scathing attack on party ‘dictator’ Keir Starmer. Mohammed Aslam Khan will continue to serve the people of Poets ward as an independent councillor.
Cllr Khan says that the party no longer upholds values he can represent, saying ‘there is a clear choice between democracy and dictatorship’. In his resignation letter to Starmer, Khan adds that the national Labour party is treating members with contempt:
[Labour] has grown not only distant from the volunteers and activists who give up their valuable time to campaign and help improve our local communities, but has actually created an environment which actively treats us with both distrust and disdain.
I joined a party which not only talked about equality and social justice, but did something about it [but is now a] confused party more interested in playing party politics than standing up for what is right for the country.
Khan is the latest in a string of senior elected officials to quit Labour in disgust at the anti-democratic behaviour of the Starmer regime, which has seized control of selections while Starmer continues to claim he will ‘push power to the regions’ – having shredded his campaign promise to give members more say and control over who represents them.
Derbyshire councillors Kath and Shannon Thompson quit and apologised to locals for Starmer; Manchester councillor Marcia Hutchinson MBE resigned over Labour’s racism and bullying – an endemic and unpunished phenomenon on the Labour right; in Newham, two councillors and a string of elected officers quit the party after Labour seized control of both the London borough’s local parties; in the West Midland’s Sandwell, the borough’s council leader and a former council cabinet member resigned over the party’s abuse of women and cover-ups of corruption; three East Hants councillors resigned over Starmer’s ‘deceit and betrayal’ – and many more.
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