Wimborne-Idrissi expulsion shows Starmer’s contempt for democracy

Naomi Wimborne-Idrissi with Mick Lynch, general secretary of the RMT Union, who is currently doing sterling work countering the anti-strike rhetoric being pushed by the UK’s right-wing national media: you can see why the current Labour leadership would want to remove her.

Keir Starmer’s right-wing ‘Labour’ Party has expelled the only elected Jewish member of its National Executive Committee in an act that shows contempt for internal party democracy and has been described as anti-Semitic.

In an act of psychological warfare that is typical of the Labour Party under its current administration, Naomi Wimborne-Idrissi was only informed of her expulsion after it had been leaked to a client journalist who tweeted it out to the public… on her birthday.

One really has to wonder at the sick, psychotic mindset of people who deliberately time these blows against a person’s reputation and self-esteem to take place at moments when they would normally be celebrating.

Ms Wimborne-Idrissi’s party membership was suspended shortly after she was elected to the party’s ruling National Executive Committee – in another move with suspicious timing, that happened right before Labour held its 2022 party conference.

It came amid a series of smears by right-wing organisations within the party like the Jewish Labour Movement, which claimed she denied the “scale and severity” of anti-Semitism within the party.

Well, this expulsion clearly shows active discrimination by colleagues of these right wingers against Jewish members, proving anti-Semitism is alive, thriving and actively encouraged in Keir Starmer’s Labour.

But I doubt that those who have been howling about it have any interest in punishing the real culprits.

The charge on which Ms Wimborne-Idrissi was expelled was one of association with now-proscribed groups that weren’t proscribed at the time – and, according to Skwawkbox, “the party spread false claims that she had associated with one after expulsion, when in fact she had merely attended a separate one-off event with a similar name”.

She has announced that she intends to appeal the expulsion in the following Twitter thread, explaining also its circumstances:

This Writer is reminded of my own brush with Labour’s disciplinary procedures, in which false claims about me were leaked to Gabriel Pogrund of The Sunday Times. That newspaper – and others including the Jewish Chronicle – were later forced to retract and correct their statements after I made a formal complaint to the regulator IPSO.

I was still expelled from the Labour Party, but a lawsuit I took out against the party later revealed that the breach of its rules for which I was removed was nothing to do with anti-Semitism (as had been widely touted) but was in fact for accurately reporting on subjects that the right wing of the party wanted to keep quiet.

“It disenfranchises thousands of members who voted to put me on the NEC.”

There you have it in a nutshell.

Labour’s decision to expel Jewish members is unreasonable, anti-Semitic, and anti-democratic.

Background information is available in Vox Political articles:

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and here.