The UK’s political party that should be standing in solidarity with people facing serious life problems has just suspended a member in exactly that situation – for no very good reason.
Liam Stephen has spent the last seven Christmases fundraising and running food drives for the homeless in his hometown of Scunthorpe.
He also once ran his own charity providing free musical opportunities and instruments to disadvantaged children called Songbooks and Glory.
But he was left facing eviction after losing his grandfather, his partner and his job, and having treatment for psychiatric problems.
The left-wing YouTube programme Not The Andrew Marr Show learned of his troubles and launched a crowdfunder that has paid his rent – for the moment.
Liam was a member of the Labour Party – but then the show’s creators learned of another bombshell that hit his life:
Today the Labour Party suspended Liam for 'discussions and associations with previous suspended members'.
Labour know Liam has just come out of psychiatric care having attempted suicide and is facing homelessness.https://t.co/Aaoxa0D2Rx
— Not the Andrew Marr Show (@Standup4Labour) December 11, 2022
It’s the reason for the suspension that is dumbfounding: “discussions and associations with previous suspended members”.
There’s no reference to the reasons these people’s part memberships were suspended, and no suggestion that Liam has even shown any sympathy with whatever offences these other – alleged – people were said to have committed.
You may wish to donate to Liam’s crowdfunder here: https://gofund.me/8e0aff9d
Well done, Keir Starmer! Way to kick a man when he’s down.
One really has to question the direction the Labour Party has taken under this man.
It seems to have gone from being a party that supports people through unjust accusations and hardship to one that makes such accusations and inflicts such hardship.
Fortunately people – whose beliefs actually coincide with those on which the Labour Party was originally founded – have taken up Liam’s case and are helping him.
But how many more are being deliberately targeted by the right-wing husk of a once-great organisation that has been hollowed out by a leader who got where he is under false pretences*?
*Keir Starmer won the Labour leadership after making a series of 10 “pledges” in support of socialist ideals – all of which he has since broken.
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