Tony Blair supports The Independent Group – so why hasn’t he been expelled from Labour?

Tony Blair: He can say what he wants without fear of censure, because Labour’s complaints procedure is biased in favour of party grandees. So much for everybody being treated equally!

Labour Party rules are very clear on this: No card-carrying Labour member may remain in the party if they support another political organisation in any meaningful way.

That includes former party leaders because everybody in the Labour Party is equally subject to the rules. Right?

Here‘s Tony Blair, speaking up in support of The Independent Group, as quoted in The Independent:

“Last week several MPs defected to form a new political grouping.

“These are new times. We need, despite our moderation, to embrace the spirit of insurgency.

“We need new ideas and thinking on policy. Above all, we need to wake up, gird up, stand up and summon up the strength and intelligence to prevail.”

He also said the anti-Semitism row had been a “running sore” in the Labour Party – but produced not a single scrap of evidence to support claims that Jewish Labour MPs had been subjected to anti-Semitic abuse by party members.

It is known that there have been six prosecutions relating to anti-Semitic abuse of former Labour MP Luciana Berger, for example – but none of them involved active Labour Party members. Perhaps Mr Blair protests too much?

As for Mr Blair: It is clear that he has broken party rules and should be expelled:

https://twitter.com/deselectbangers/status/1100349548113858560

But will Labour’s complaints department – known as the compliance unit – take action?

Doubtful.

As the anti-Semitism row has shown, this part of the party is dedicated to supporting the privileges of party representatives, rather than the rules – or the rights of the membership to see those rules supported.

While innocent party members continue to be cast out under false claims of anti-Semitism that will trouble them for the rest of their lives, this elitist will be able to carry on preaching falsehoods to eager ears – because it’s what his fellow elites in the Labour leadership want. They are very much like the Conservatives in that respect. Wait a couple of weeks and then tell me if I’m wrong.


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12 thoughts on “Tony Blair supports The Independent Group – so why hasn’t he been expelled from Labour?

  1. wildswimmerpete

    I agree, Blair should be expelled. OK he did well to get Labour elected after Major but is really not a nice person, and still widely regarded to be guilty of war crimes.

  2. 61chrissterry

    Unfortunately, in life, you can rarely trust anyone and this goes for all Political Parties.

    I also wonder how Blair is still in Labour or even in politics, not because of his apparent support for the Independence Group, but because of his lies to Parliament on Iraq when he was The Prime Minister.

    Trump has said he could go out and murder somebody, some will say he already as, and he would get away with it, could the same be said of Blair, for all his lies and actions he is still around and to a large extent still being listened to by some, but maybe not as many as before.

    Politics can as is, at times a very dirty game and this has tinged many politicans in many ways.

    I for one do not trust any Politicans and at times I even doubt myself.

    1. Mike Sivier Post author

      Wrong! Mr Corbyn was congratulating a friend and former colleague who had already won an election. That’s very different from Mr Blair speaking in support of a separate political organisation whose members are facing demands for by-elections.

      1. malcolm colemann

        Mike, just out of interest, why did you use the term “active Labour Party members” when referring to the six people who were prosecuted in relation to Luciana Berger, when you said: “It is known that there have been six prosecutions relating to anti-Semitic abuse of former Labour MP Luciana Berger, for example – but none of them involved active Labour Party members.”

        Just to be clear….. are you in effect saying that one or more of them HAD previously been LP members, or are you saying that none of them was a LP member at the time they were prosecuted, but they MAY have been in the past, but we just don’t know?

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