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Conor McGinn, Labour MP for St Helens North, has been embroiled in a row within his local constituency Labour party (CLP) – after reporting a group of members to the police and publicising it in an article for Politics Home. Evidence has come to light that McGinn’s claims may form part of a continued smear campaign against the progressive wing of the party.
According to witnesses, on 7 July at around 7pm, 10 female members of the Labour party arrived at McGinn’s office at Century House in St Helens. The women were strangers to each other, and had arrived independently. They’d chosen to attend after being told by local councillors that a CLP meeting was taking place there, and a vote of confidence in Jeremy Corbyn was to be held.
Having been advised that there was a meeting going on, and directed to the appropriate room, one member said: “We went up to the room and the lights were on. We knocked but there was no answer, so we waited a few minutes – and then the lights went out. We kept knocking but nobody responded. After repeatedly trying we went down spoke to security. They had no clue so we left and all stood outside talking for a while.”
It was at this point that McGinn and some other Labour representatives exited the town hall (not Century House) opposite his office.
Another witness said: “None of us knew each other but had been told by councillors where the meeting was. After leaving McGinn’s office we tried the town hall but it was locked. We waited an hour and 40 minutes, but then saw McGinn and some councillors coming out of the town hall. When we first approached them they were laughing.
“We challenged them regarding the confusion over the venue, but they were very condescending and arrogant. There was only me and one other female member who actually approached him, and there was six males with him. But he said in his article we were intimidating him? He just did not like the fact that they had been caught being underhand and then challenged.”
So, it would appear that this group of members had been fed incorrect information about the venue for a CLP meeting; that McGinn and local councillors/delegates had conducted the meeting behind locked doors, and when questioned shrugged off members’ genuine concerns. But if you read McGinn’s comments in his article, you’d be led to believe that a group of thugs had ransacked his office, and threatened him so severely that he required police protection.
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