Jeremy Corbyn (left) and Hilary Benn [Image: The Canary].

Look at the language in this BBC article.

Corbyn supporters are alleged to have staged a “takeover” of the Leeds Central Constituency Labour Party (CLP), but they’re all members of the Labour Party – and who says they’re “Corbyn supporters”? Can’t they just be supporters of traditional Labour values – the values Mr Benn rejected last summer?

In the video clip attached to the BBC website article, the reporter asks Mr Corbyn why Labour Party members should be allowed to go against the wishes of thousands of voters, but this is a deliberate act of misinformation.

Voters do not choose any political party’s candidates. Voters choose from candidates who are put forward by the memberships of political parties. Hilary Benn was chosen as a candidate for Leeds Central by the CLP, and the CLP has every right to remove him from candidacy in a future election.

This Site made these points perfectly clear in an article published last November, when Shadow Chancellor John McDonnell was asked whether he would intervene in Mr Benn’s case. To reiterate: It isn’t that Mr Corbyn – or anybody else – won’t intervene; it’s that they simply don’t have the authority.

Mr Corbyn is also right that constituency boundaries are being redrawn by the Conservatives, in an attempt to make it easier for Tories to win general elections. If this means Leeds Central will no longer exist, then he is entitled to put his name forward to be a candidate for the new constituency – in competition with anybody else from that constituency who wishes to put their name forward.

Considering the way he has blackened his name, Mr Benn should think very carefully before doing so.

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has told the BBC he will not step in to protect Hilary Benn, following reports the former cabinet minister is facing deselection.

Mr Benn, who was sacked as shadow foreign secretary last summer amid a row over Mr Corbyn’s leadership, is MP for Leeds Central – where there have been reports of a “takeover” of the local constituency party by Mr Corbyn’s supporters .

Mr Corbyn told BBC Look North’s political editor Len Tingle: “I do not, as a leader, dictate or interfere in what local parties do. I want justice, I want democracy, I want fairness, I want representation.”

He said all parties faced a selection process once new constituency boundaries had been decided, adding: “We’re getting a bit ahead of the curve here.”

Source: Corbyn ‘won’t intervene’ in Hilary Benn deselection row – BBC News

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