It’s sad that Keir Starmer is forcing this controversy into the spotlight all the time, isn’t it?
I could have been writing about Boris Johnson’s latest attempt to steal a Labour policy with his “green industrial revolution”.
I could have been discussing the way David Cameron’s deregulation apparently allowed the company responsible for the cladding on Grenfell Tower to lie about whether it was flameproof in order to sell its product – proving that Tory self-regulation is harmful.
Instead I have to point you to Skwawkbox‘s research because it shows that Starmer was wrong to do what he has done.
I have to do this because otherwise, Starmer’s narrative might gain traction it does not deserve; we don’t give credibility to liars.
So here’s Skwawkbox:
The code of conduct applicable to all Labour MPs lays out the rules that must be observed and the conditions that must be met before the whip is withdrawn from one of them.
It appears that Keir Starmer broke every one of them when he withdrew the whip from Jeremy Corbyn.
The article lists the rules on withdrawal of the whip and states whether they were followed by Starmer:
- decided at a meeting of the PLP – nope, Starmer took the decision ‘on the fly’ and apparently in panic
- motion of withdrawal – nope, just a high-handed decision made behind closed doors
- prior notice of the motion – nope, there was no motion
- motion to include the term of the proposed withdrawal – nope, there was no motion
- motion to include the length of time – nope, there was no motion and Starmer has simply said he will keep it ‘under review’
- communicated to the CLP of the MP – nope, the media appears to have had it first again
- three days’ notice – nope, decision on the fly
- right to be heard before the decision – nope, not even remotely
- put to a vote – nope, there was no motion to vote on
Starmer is trying to claim that Jeremy Corbyn is the rule-breaker, the bad influence, the bad element who must be removed from the Labour Party.
At least Corbyn followed the rules.
To be honest, as Starmer’s decision is not in accordance with Labour’s rule book, Corbyn should ignore the party leader and sit with his colleagues.
And party members across the country need to get their motions in support of Corbyn – and in condemnation of Starmer – passed by their local CLPs at their earliest opportunity.
There is only one way to stop the rot and end the corruption at the heart of the Labour Party – and that is to remove Keir Starmer.
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