Mark Sandell [Image: The Argus].

Mark Sandell [Image: The Argus].

This Writer’s understanding is that the Brighton and Hove CLP was suspended for holding a meeting at which members voted to support Jeremy Corbyn’s leadership – before the cut-off date for ordinary CLP meetings that was ordered by the National Executive Committee.

I would be fascinated to see the evidence of intimidation. If it’s anything like what was revealed about the alleged abuse against Angela Eagle, it will be three people whispering at the back of a meeting.

As for the local party chair’s expulsion for links to the Alliance for Workers Party – I certainly hope this claim is more substantial than the numerous retweets of Green Party messages that earned suspensions for so many Labour members and supporters in the run-up to Jeremy Corbyn’s re-election as party leader!

Can Labour’s NEC really not recognise how damaging these attacks on ordinary members are going to be, to the party? Do they not care that they are exposing themselves – and us – to ridicule?

Wallasey CLP is already crowdfunding a lawsuit for defamation against members. I wonder if Brighton and Hove will do the same.

Brighton, Hove and District Labour Party will have to split into three constituency parties, national Labour members have ordered.

The city’s Labour group, which with more than 6,000, members is the largest in the country, is likely to be broken up into three smaller parties from next year.

The move follows an investigation and three month suspension by the party’s National Executive Committee (NEC) following accusations of intimidation and voting irregularities at the local party’s AGM.

Mark Sandell, who was elected local party chair at that annual meeting in July, has been expelled from the party for his links to the Alliance For Workers’ Party while least 15 other members have also been suspended.

Supporters of Jeremy Corbyn have called for a public meeting of Labour Party members in Brighton and Hove while party branches are being urged to pass motions calling for all expelled and suspended members to be re-instated immediately.

Source: Brighton and Hove Labour party ordered to split as chairman expelled (From The Argus)

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