Do you think this is innocent?
A constituency Labour party (CLP) delegate has been refused entry to the Labour conference today, but was denied a reason on grounds of “national security”.
Jody Scott, the delegate from Hull North, arrived at the conference services desk with his birth certificate, but was told his identity could not be verified because he did not have photo ID, despite having uploaded his photograph during registration.
Scott told Novara Media that having waited in the foyer for over ten minutes, he returned to the desk to be told by a Labour staff member that he was being refused entry. When Scott questioned the decision, he was taken to a back room by an officer from Greater Manchester police, who told him his application was only received two days ago. Scott says he sent in his information over a month ago.
The officer then told Scott he had failed a background check. When he asked why, Scott alleges the officer replied: “I can’t reveal that because of national security.”
Puzzled? This might offer an explanation:
Hull has been at the centre of a dramatic left shift in the Labour grassroots, despite all three Hull MPs opposing Corbyn’s leadership. Earlier this summer, when the Hull North MP Diane Johnson resigned as shadow foreign and commonwealth minister to join Corbyn’s critics in the parliamentary Labour party, some CLP activists were said to be “furious”and weighing up whether to take a vote of no confidence in her.
It seems forces within the Labour Party are still working hard to deny supporters of Jeremy Corbyn a voice. How can any vote taken at this conference be valid if delegates are denied their democratic right on such suspicious grounds?
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