161028-wallasey-labourThe police should be handling allegations of homophobia, intimidation, death threats and criminal damage that have been made against Labour Party members in Wallasey, according to the constituency party’s vice-chair.

In a public statement, Paul Davies said it was “regrettable” that a confidential report to Labour’s National Executive Committee was leaked to the press “with misleading spin” which has given a “false impression” of Wallasey Labour Party and its members.

He said allegations of criminal acts should be handled by the police – not Labour HQ – while internal party issues raised in the report all pre-dated the election of the current officers, who had proposed new guidelines for the conduct of future meetings that should address these problems.

He added that a man convicted of making the death threat to MP Angela Eagle was not a member of the Labour Party or a resident of Wallasey.

The local party had also raised the question of factual errors in the report with the central Labour Party.

Wallasey Labour Party had begun to crowdfund a legal challenge to its treatment by the NEC, but this has been suspended while attempts are made to reach an amicable resolution.

The newly elected officers of the Party, including myself, first heard about the allegations of Homophobic behaviour and intimidation via TV and press reports.

We immediately got advice from the Police and proposed that the matter be referred to them for a professional investigation because Homophobic Acts are a criminal offence This proposal was circulated to all our 1500 members on 20th July and copied to the Labour Party.

The  Report includes reference to criminal acts completely outside the control of Labour Party members.

The death threat to the office of Angela Eagle, the abusive e mails and smashed window are unreservedly condemned but are also Police matters.

There has been a welcome conviction over the death threat and it should be noted that this individual was not a member of the Labour Party or a resident of Wallasey.

Factual errors in the Report , important omissions and points that require clarification have been referred to the Labour Party and  will hopefully  be dealt with in the proper manner using the internal machinery of the Party.

I look forward to the allegations of Homophobia being dealt with by the Police and our recommendations for the better running of Wallasey CLP being adopted.

Hopefully then our 1500 members can once again engage in open political debate on how to improve our Society in these times of Tory Austerity and begin to organise campaigns on behalf of the good people of Wallasey.

Source: Statement from Wallasey CLP’s elected vice-Chair. Please read and share | The SKWAWKBOX Blog

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