It’s a question many people have been asking on the social media, so let’s give it a more formal status:
Former Liberal Democrat councillor Jennifer Churchill defected to Labour last September, in support of Jeremy Corbyn. Now, it seems, she supports Owen Smith.
Clearly, she has been a member of another political party within the last year.
Does this mean she has been disqualified from voting in the current Labour leadership election?
If not, why not?
It seems clear that decisions made in what’s being called the ‘Labour Purge’ have no factual basis.
It is being run by members of the National Executive Committee, at least some of whom are to relinquish their seats at the party conference after being ousted by supporters of Jeremy Corbyn.
This is a clear conflict of interest that has not been addressed by anybody in the party machine.
A Liberal Democrat councillor has defected to Labour in support of Jeremy Corbyn, becoming Richmond’s first Labour councillor in more than 13 years.
Teddington Councillor Jennifer Churchill, partner of the borough’s former Lib Dem leader and fellow Councillor Stephen Knight, said new party leader Tim Farron “doesn’t seem to stand for anything”.
She also criticised her former party for “parroting Tory economic propaganda”.
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