MPs’ ‘fury’ at local Labour party’s decision to expel former chief whip displays hypocrisy of witch-hunters

Hilary Armstrong: Her local Labour Party voted to expel her.

The tide is turning against the fakers who claimed the Labour Party was being overrun by anti-Semites – so it’s no wonder they don’t like it.

North West Durham Constituency Labour Party members knew that their decision, to vote for former chief whip Hilary Armstrong to be expelled, means very little in practical terms.

It was an expression of discontent with the attitude she was promoting – her claim that Jeremy Corbyn has failed to act properly as leader, in response to the allegations of anti-Semitism in the party.

The message is clear: Stop lying, stop complaining, and start fighting the falsehoods – or be prepared to be named, shamed… and worse.

The simple fact is that claims of anti-Semitism by Labour members were originally made for political reasons by supporters of the current Israeli government, who feared that a UK government led by Mr Corbyn would end this country’s support for that state’s apartheid regime.

The false claims were taken up and magnified by right-wing opponents of Mr Corbyn – Blairites like Ms Armstrong – who have paraded it before the (right-wing) press again and again in order to make Labour unelectable under Mr Corbyn.

This is a betrayal of the Labour Party, its members and principles and the North West Durham party is absolutely justified in its decision to deal Ms Armstrong a very hard – if metaphorical – slap.

It seems that there is a current fad for making lists of people, in order to deliver retribution to them for bad behaviour (either real or imagined) in the future.

Perhaps someone will be making a list of these “outraged” Labour MPs, with a view to ensuring that their own constituency parties take appropriate action in the future.

Pat Glass would be on that list, for the following tweet:

This Writer has been expelled from the Labour Party, and I didn’t break any rules either.

If MPs like Ms Glass continue to support a party system that privileges them above normal party members – in flagrant contradiction of Labour Party values – party members will have a duty to remove them from positions of responsibility. It is as simple as that.

Labour MPs expressed outrage last night after a local constituency party voted to expel former chief whip Hilary Armstrong from the party for accusing Jeremy Corbyn of a lack of leadership over antisemitism.

Although a local party has no formal power to expel a member on its own, as expulsions can only be ordered by the general secretary, the party’s national disputes panel or the national executive committee (NEC), the move was seen as an example of deepening divisions and ill-feeling between rival factions.

Source: Labour MPs are furious as local party votes to expel former chief whip | Politics | The Guardian

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