What kind of politician destroys their own party’s majority in a major city council, simply out of spite against a leader they don’t like?
This is exactly the kind of behaviour I meant when I criticised Labour’s National Executive Committee in a previous article.
The people responsible for this travesty must be named and subjected to disciplinary procedures. They have harmed the operation of the party on Bristol City Council and they have brought the whole Labour Party into ridicule and disrepute.
If I recall correctly, the appropriate words are: Not in my name.
Labour has effectively lost its majority on a major city council after three councillors were suspended as part of the ongoing party “purge”.
In 2016 the party won a slim majority of 37 seats out of 70 in Bristol, but the suspension of two councillors this week and one at the start of this month leaves Labour with only 34, just short of a majority.
All three suspended councillors have been vocal supporters of party leader Jeremy Corbyn.
Labour’s national office confirmed that councillors suspended as part of the leadership election process have their council group whip suspended, meaning the party is now technically short of a majority in the city.
The three suspended councillors are Harriet Bradley, who represents Brislington West, Mike Langley, of Brislington East, and Hibaq Jama, of Lawrence Hill.
Labour says it suspends people who have supported other parties and who engage in abuse or rudeness on social media. Decisions are formally taken by the party’s ruling National Executive Committee (NEC).
However, supporters of Mr Corbyn are overwhelmingly reporting being the targets of the suspensions and say the operation amounts to a targeted purge by the Labour machine.
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