Corbyn calls in the lawyers – just as This Site asked him to

What a coincidence!

The day after This Writer called for Jeremy Corbyn to take court action to stop the current Labour leadership from playing fast-and-loose with party rules to persecute him – he did just that.

Jeremy Corbyn’s solicitors have written to Labour calling for his suspension as one of the party’s MPs to be lifted, the BBC has been told.

I can’t take credit for the move – this is a tiny website with a very small readership – around 16,000 a day on average – but I think it is worth recording my gratitude to everybody who did pass my message on to Mr Corbyn, just in case.

Keir Starmer has built up a reputation, in a very short time, for conceding court cases Labour’s legal advisers say the party should win. In this instance, the opposite should apply – so I fear he’ll decide to fight.

Possibly mitigating against this is the letter to the party’s acting general secretary, David Evans (his appointment has yet to be ratified by a Labour Party conference), demanding that the Parliamentary party whip be restored to Corbyn.

According to Skwawkbox, the letter

  • condemns the ‘double jeopardy’ and ‘deliberate political interference’ of withdrawing the whip from Corbyn after he was reinstated by an NEC panel
  • makes clear that the decision of the panel was based on independent legal advice and the recommendation of Labour’s disciplinary investigative unit
  • implies that their advice was that there were no valid grounds for Corbyn’s suspension
  • confirms that the whip had been restored to Corbyn on the lifting of his suspension, making an utter mockery of Starmer’s excuse that he was ‘not restoring’ the whip rather than withdrawing it
  • makes clear that the meddling in the disciplinary outcome is exactly that kind of ‘political interference’ the EHRC has ruled unlawful
  • accuses Starmer and other right-wing MPs of smearing the NEC panel members who acted in accordance with the party’s rules and the legal advice they gave
  • says that Starmer has put NEC members in a legal bind – and that as a highly-qualified barrister he has no excuse for his ‘unconscionable’ choice
  • demands that Evans rebuke Starmer for his political interference in party processes and undermining public confidence in Labour’s disciplinary process
  • ‘requires’ Evans to immediately ‘demand’ that Starmer upholds the NEC panel’s decision and restores the whip to Corbyn

So now Starmer is well and truly caught between a rock and a hard place.

I wonder what sanctions will be carried out by the NEC members who signed the letter, if they don’t get what they demanded?

Perhaps Starmer’s decision will be made easier by the continuing rebellion of party members across the country, who continue to ignore his diktats that they should not speak up on Corbyn’s behalf or campaign for him.

This Writer is delighted to see that Bristol South CLP (I’m from that part of Brizzle) has just voted to support Corbyn:

I understand Brent Central CLP has also passed a motion demanding the restoration of the Labour Parliamentary whip to Corbyn.

And it seems another CLP has passed a motion calling on the NEC to take all steps possible to remove David Evans from office.

November 19 has been a disastrous day for Keir Starmer and his cronies.

How much worse can it get before he bows to the inevitable?

Source: Jeremy Corbyn’s lawyers challenge Labour over MP suspension – BBC News

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  1. Jeffrey Davies November 20, 2020 at 6:34 am - Reply

    I’d rather doubt he’d bow to Mike his sort will trample not listen or do stammer the spammer bad news only him crossing the floor would show his true colours but they now the blairites of the party why ain’t they all shown the door one by one

  2. Zippi November 20, 2020 at 12:21 pm - Reply

    The trouble is that this will be used by media and other commentators as proof that the Party is overrun with anti-Semites. Whenever Jeremy did, or did not do, he is being painted as an anti-Semite. He should apologise and get out the Party snd Kier Starmer is on the side of Right; blow the evidence, blow the facts, blow the truth. Jeremy Corbyn has a blind spot, when it comes to anti-Semitism, He allowed anti-Semitism to flourish within the Party, he gave anti-Semites a home, there was, effectively no anti-Semitism in the £abour Party, before 2016! This is getting tiresome however this narrative is too easy to swallow and who is challenging it? Where is the real investigative journalism? I have said, time and again that Jews are being used and it is disgusting. I don’t understand how this has become a “thing”, how it remains a “thing” and why, in the face of clesr prejudice that has deadly effects, this is taking centre stage. Aye, anti-Semitism exists but now, just like racism, its definition and therefore understanding of what it is has been distorted, almost beyond recognition. Anti-Semitism can mean whatever you want it to mean. This is a dangerous situation and will make Jews less safe, overall, even if the perception is that that are “safe”within the £abour Party. This disgraceful episode is doing NOTHING to tackle anti-Semitism. How has what is a societal issue become about Jeremy Corbyn? Who is actually talking about anti-Semitism?

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