We all learned a lot after This Writer’s court victory over the Labour Party on Tuesday, didn’t we?
Yes, I said victory – even though the case was dismissed. I gained more than Labour did.
The court found that Labour had deliberately ignored its own procedures in order to run an investigation that discriminated against me.
We may therefore conclude that Labour’s finding against me in that investigation also discriminated against me, and that the Vox Political articles that the party complained about were not detrimental to the Labour Party, nor were they anti-Semitic in any way.
In other words, any claim that the party ran its complaints system in good faith is utterly discredited.
Furthermore, the court found that this abuse of its own procedures was fully consistent with Labour Party rules – which says to This Writer that the rule book is not fit to be used and should be re-written, preferably by a committee of constituency-based members, with the help of lawyers hired with party funds. No member of Labour’s ruling elite should be allowed to get their fingers into it.
Further evidence of this came on Wednesday (November 25) when it was revealed that Keir Starmer’s Labour elite have tried to pretend there is a rule allowing him to stifle debate on the suspension of Jeremy Corbyn from the Parliamentary Labour Party. There isn’t.
None of the rules specifically forbid the expression of solidarity with Jeremy Corbyn or criticism of the leadership’s political decisions.
A letter from Fraser Welsh (who?), head of internal governance (oh), states: “The Labour Party disciplinary case against the former Leader has now concluded… However… motions around this issue… are providing a flashpoint for the expression of views that undermine the Labour Party’s ability to provide a safe and welcoming space for all members, in particular our Jewish members. Therefore all motions which touch on these issues must be ruled out of order.
“We are aware that this ruling will be questioned, so the following explanation of the powers exercised by the General Secretary, as well as the rationale for this decision may be helpful:
“The Labour Party’s Code of Conduct: Antisemitism and other forms of racism states (Appendix 9 in the Rule Book): “The Labour Party will ensure the party is a welcoming home to members of all communities, with no place for any prejudice or discrimination based on race, ethnicity or religion.”
“Chapter 1 VIII.3.A tasks the NEC to “to uphold and enforce the constitution, rules and standing orders of the Party and to take any action it deems necessary for such purpose…
“Chapter 1 VIII.5 states: “All powers of the NEC may be exercised as the NEC deems appropriate through its elected officers, committees, sub-committees, the General Secretary and other national and regional officials and designated representatives appointed by the NEC or the General Secretary. For the avoidance of doubt, it is hereby declared that the NEC shall have the power to delegate its powers to such officers and committees and subcommittees of the NEC and upon such terms as from time to time it shall see fit. Further, it shall be deemed always to have had such power.”
None of the rules mentioned specifically forbid the expression of solidarity with Jeremy Corbyn or criticism of the leadership’s political decisions. And Mr Welsh – deliberately? – omits any evidence in support of his wild claims from his letter, meaning local party leaders have no reason to believe him.
So, have I got this right?
Jewish comrades who pledge support for Jeremy Corbyn will now be deemed anti-Semitic?
Insulting, wrong, and highly offensive. @UKLabour has fallen hard.
— James Foster (@JamesEFoster) November 26, 2020
Having just won a court case on the basis that its rules don’t mean Labour has to follow any procedure that isn’t specifically codified in the rule book, the party’s leaders can hardly insist that, in this instance, they do.
And it is encouraging to see so many local parties overruling the diktat from party HQ in order to continuing expressing their support for Jeremy Corbyn, for free speech and for democracy. I’ve been monitoring Twitter and here is a taste of what’s been happening:
Proud of Pudsey CLP – passed a motion tonight calling on the Labour Party General Secretary to withdraw the gagging guidance to local parties which stifles debate and solidarity ✊🏻
— Jane Aitchison (@JaneAitchison) November 24, 2020
At our AMM tonight we passed motions on:
🤝 Solidarity with @jeremycorbyn
👨⚖️ Reinstate the Whip to Jeremy Corbyn
🗣️ Right to Political Debate in CLPs
✊🏽 Solidarity with Young Labour
You can cut all the flowers, but you cannot stop spring from coming 🌹
— Harrow East Labour 🌹 (@harrowelabour) November 24, 2020
.@WestminsterCLP just voted to call on the General Secretary to withdraw his guidance restricting members' right to debate important internal matters & to call on the Leader to restore the whip to @jeremycorbyn!
— Momentum Westminster (@MomentumWestmin) November 24, 2020
Another Labour Branch voted *no confidence* in Keir Starmer’s leadership last night.
Well done New Cross.
Just out of curiosity, do we know how many CLP’s and branches voted no confidence in Jeremy Corbyn’s leadership? #StarmerHasToGo
— Rachael Swindon (@Rachael_Swindon) November 25, 2020
Dulwich & West Norwood CLP
– expresses solidarity with @jeremycorbyn
– calls on the NEC to instruct @Keir_Starmer to restore the parliamentary whip, end all political attacks on Corbyn & work for unity in the party.
-calls for an NEC investigation into Corbyn's suspension pic.twitter.com/pRPfDfdhF1
— DaWN Labour (@DaWNLabour) November 25, 2020
I'm told overwhelming majorities have voted to support reinstating whip to Corbyn in Milton Keynes and Hall Green CLPs this evening. The authoritarian diktats from David Evans are being ignored.
— Michael Walker (@michaeljswalker) November 26, 2020
Milton Keynes North CLP
Milton Keynes South
Hall Green Birmingham
Leeds North East
Have all demanded Mr Corbyn’s full reinstatement tonight – defying David Evans.
Hackney South have passed a motion of no confidence in Evans and Keir Starmer.
— Rachael Swindon (@Rachael_Swindon) November 26, 2020
Lib Dem: 1997-2017
Jeremy Corbyn's the only Labour leader in it's entire 135 year history to win Sheffield Hallam.
You know, the guy who apparently could only appeal to his tiny group of supporters, despite getting 12.9m.
— Daniel Grigg (@Daniel_Grigg) November 27, 2020
Opposition to Starmer’s power grab has extended to the unions, which are not governed by Labour Party rules and can say and do what they like:
First North Notts Unite Community meeting tonight, no confidence motion in Keir Starmer unanimously passed with only 1 abstention, solidarity with @jeremycorbyn & already working on a letter of solidarity to the trans community from us for our next meeting ❤️🏳️⚧️
— bea (@itrainedflowers) November 24, 2020
It seems the whole Labour movement is turning on Starmer:
— Gayle Letherby 🌹 #WeAreCorbyn (@gletherby) November 26, 2020
Sadly, the Conservatives are doing very well out of the civil war that Starmer has stirred up – and will continue to profit in any forthcoming elections, as long as Starmer and his elites have any power in the Labour Party. Here’s the reason:
"If he can treat Labour Party members like this, how will he treat us?"
That's what the electorate will ask. @Keir_Starmer & his Labour hierarchy are out of control and they're seriously damaging the party.
— James Foster (@JamesEFoster) November 26, 2020
The longer this continues, the worse it will get. Labour Party members across the UK have made it clear that they do not accept Starmer’s dictatorship and while the dissent is only a whisper at the moment, it will soon become a roar.
Starmer has put himself in an impossible position. Having abused party rules in a vain attempt to assert dictatorial authority, he is unlikely to accept the democratic decision of members to deny him that authority.
I think, therefore, that Labour members will have to consider what other steps they can take to have him removed. Potential left-wing challengers for the leadership position should start generating support – but should wait until large numbers of CLPs have registered their opposition to Starmer’s activities before demanding an election.
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