Pete Radcliff (left), speaking in favour of Broxtowe CLP's resolution to restore the NHS in 2014.

Pete Radcliff (left), speaking in favour of Broxtowe CLP’s resolution to restore the NHS in 2014.

Wallasey Constituency Labour Party has already been suspended, as has Brighton and Hove CLP. Now it seems Broxtowe is under attack.

The CLP’s chairman, Pete Radcliff, who submitted a resolution to Labour’s 2014 conference for the restoration of the NHS – only to have it rejected – has been expelled from Labour.

The excuse is that he supports the AWL, an organisation that Tom Watson accused of entryism into Labour thanks to the policies of Jeremy Corbyn. But Mr Radcliff has been a member for 35 years.

It is interesting that Owen Smith began talking up the threat of AWL entryism – that organisation is miniscule compared to Labour, by the way – right around the time Mr Radcliff’s expulsion was triggered, but two days before he was told. Now, why would it be timed that way?

And is this really about AWL entryism?

Or is it about the fact that Broxtowe CLP protested against the PLP bid to oust Jeremy Corbyn without allowing the Labour Party membership to vote on it?

Is it about the fact that Broxtowe CLP protested against the NEC’s imposition of a ‘freeze’ date on memberships that stopped anyone who joined that party after January 12 from being able to vote in the election that the PLP was unable to prevent?

Isn’t it interesting that he was told he was being investigated as a ‘hard-left’ activist shortly after these protests were submitted in early August – but has only been notified two weeks before the result of the leadership election is announced?

Incidental to this is the announcement today by a personal friend of This Blog that she has also been suspended – for “activity in breach of rules regarding recruitment”.

She has no idea what this means and has written a Subject Access Request demanding a copy of all relevant information held by the party. Of course, the issue will not be resolved within two weeks – which is exactly why it has been triggered at this time, it seems.

Add it all up, together with the other shenanigans we’ve seen over the summer, and it seems there has been some spectacular skulduggery by people currently occupying positions of responsibility which they appear to have abused.

I know Jeremy Corbyn is keen on conciliation but this cannot be allowed to continue.

After the leadership election is over, it will be time to decide what to do about these people.

I have been informed today that I have been expelled from the Labour Party after a total of 35 years of Party membership and in spite of being Chair of Broxtowe Constituency Labour Party.

This follows an anonymous complaint about me to the Party. I don’t know what has led anyone to complain to the Party about me. I cannot believe that it comes from anyone in my constituency party where inclusiveness and comradely respect is genuinely shown by all party members. I am very grateful for the quick statement of support made by all of my fellow officers of Broxtowe CLP.

I am told that I am expelled because of I am an ‘active supporter of the AWL’ .

The AWL publishes a very useful and educative paper Solidarity and I welcome and am proud of  its significant contribution to debate in the Party and the wider labour movement.

My expulsion appears to have been activated without the knowledge of either myself or my fellow constituency officers – 2 days before I was notified. It was only hours before Owen Smith renewed the attacks on the AWL as ‘hard left’ and made preposterous claim that the AWL is anti-Semitic. The implication is therefore that I, as an individual, am also anti-Semitic. I have campaigned virtually all of my political life against anti-Semitism within the labour movement and I have evidenced some of my work on it below. I consider that implication and the action against me are motivated and contribute to slander against me.

I believe that this is not an attack solely on me as an individual. It is intended to disorganise my constituency party and demoralise its members. It is also part of a national witch hunt conducted by figures still powerful in the Party who are attempting to drive away the hundreds of thousands of new members who have moved it to the left.

Source: I will not accept my expulsion from the Labour Party | Observations from a Third Camp perspective


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