Starmeroids’ planned changes to exclude disabled people and minorities from local party running have met with justified outrage
The Disability Labour group of party activists has issued a statement condemning Keir Starmer’s ‘institutionally ableist’ party after details of planned rule changes emerged that will drastically reduce the ability of disabled people and minority groups to influence the direction, attitudes and activities of their local party.
Alongside plans to severely reduce the voice of party members at Labour’s annual conferences, Starmer’s faction is planning rule changes to remove the requirement for local parties to elect equalities officers to represent ethnic minorities, disabled people and LGBTQ+ members.
‘Shocked and appalled’ Disability Labour’s statement decries the regime’s attack on the ‘small gains’ achieved by disabled members and condemns the ‘even deeper marginalisation’ that will result from the rule changes being imposed by the ‘institutionally ableist’ party:
STATEMENT ON PROPOSED LABOUR PARTY RULE CHANGES
We are shocked and appalled by the changes to the Labour Party rulebook going to conference in Liverpool. The small gains made for disabled members over the last few years have been all but lost.
We are returning to even deeper marginalisation. The small places where disabled people could use their voices and lived experience to improve the hostile world we live in are being relegated to simply functional. This is the very essence of ableism.
This action makes us as disabled people feel unwelcome in our own party and increases the feeling that the Labour Party is institutionally ableist as we warned 12 months ago. Instead of representing the rich tapestry of life it will return to being simply bland.
The attack on minorities is in no way out of character for the Starmer regime. Racism, ableism and bigotry are rife among the Labour right and his faction already moved last year to reduce the influence of people from the Black and other minority – though correctly global majority – communities, abolishing Labour’s ‘BAME’ conference and replacing it with the sham, unrepresentative puppet body exposed and disbanded under Jeremy Corbyn.
Starmer’s party has rightly been blasted for dogwhistle attacks on immigrants, its rampant Islamophobia and support for oppressive policing that will disproportionately impact minority groups, racially-driven purges, protecting right-wing racists, attacks on gypsies and left-wing Jews and promotion of candidates accused of hideous views on disabled people and minorities.
Now it is institutionalising that discrimination and bigotry even more deeply – all while Starmer continues to lie that he will empower members and local communities.
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