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Perception of Labour under Starmer has NOT improved, say most polled firms

Keir Starmer: bad for business.

Here’s some ridiculous pro-Starmer propaganda from LabourList:

New polling has found that 47% of businesses say perceptions of the Labour Party have improved under the leadership of Keir Starmer, changing for the better compared to when Jeremy Corbyn was leader.

So 53 per cent of businesses say perceptions of the Labour Party haven’t improved. That’s the majority, isn’t it?

Look further down the article and you find that only one-third of businesses think Starmer is right for the job – meaning two-thirds don’t.

And young businesspeople still prefer Corbyn – although only by a larger minority: 46 per cent to 25 per cent who prefer Starmer – who is said to be “favoured” by those aged over 35, although the site does not provide any figures. Ashamed?

It all seems academic in any event, as a clear majority of businesspeople – 55 per cent – said a Tory government under that hopeless idiot Boris Johnson would be better for large businesses than anything Starmer had to offer, while 45 per cent of small- and medium-sized business leaders preferred Johnson, against just under 23 per cent for Starmer.

Those are terrible figures – and this poll was taken before this year’s Labour conference. I wonder how much worse Starmer would fare now.

Source: Perception of Labour improved under Starmer, say 47% of businesses in poll – LabourList

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These Tory MPs aren’t even hiding their racism any more

James Gray: warned about racism

This Writer doesn’t approve of offensive language but Super Tanskiii, below, hits it on the head with this one:

It would be funny if it wasn’t about racism because it’s a Tory undermining his own party’s ministers.

As it is, though, it seems James Gray really should be forced out of his role as St John Ambulance “commander of charity” after – at a reception to honour that charity on September 8 – confusing then-Vaccines Minister Nadhim Zahawi and Health Secretary Sajid Javid, and then (allegedly) saying, “They all look the same to me.”

Whether he said those last words or not, it seems St John Ambulance chiefs made it clear to him that the organisation does not tolerate racism at all – and that he has been asked to stand down from all activity related to the charity.

Typically, the racist Tory Party let him off with a warning.

But what interests me is the fact that Labour leader Keir Starmer was among the guests at the event, and he said nothing about the incident at the time.

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Not-so-special-K: Starmer backpedals over silly promo scheme referring to horse tranquilliser

Special K: Was this what happened after somebody exposed a horse to Keir Starmer’s Labour conference speech?

This was a stupid idea by a stupid, easily-led Blue Labour figurehead. Of course it backfired:

Why did he do it? To counterbalance the plethora of nicknames that have sprung up to knock him down (I call him Little Keir, in contrast to Big Keir (Hardie) who was Labour’s first leader and a much greater man than the incumbent; others call him Keith Stalin)?

It was the wrong move at the wrong time:

And it was another disasterstroke – because neither he nor anybody around him had bothered to check whether there was already a colloquial meaning for the phrase ‘Special K’.

Worst of all was the fact that he found out via the newspaper for which he had defiantly written an article – apparently to assert his superiority over party members who boycott The Sun in solidarity with the people of Liverpool and in anger over its coverage of the Hillsborough tragedy; he was saying he was the leader and he’d do what he liked.

Well, he has found out very quickly that The Sun does what it likes, too:

Yes, ‘Special K’ is a nickname for the horse tranquilliser Ketamine, so he has equated himself with a substance that instils a sensation described as the closest possible thing to death.

Now he is backpedalling frantically, in the face of another fiasco:

It would be bad enough if he had “just…lied” in the face of the question – but the evidence suggests this is unlikely:

So Starmer lied either way; if he didn’t lie about being called ‘Special K’, then he lied about being caught off-guard.

It’s no surprise. This Site has previously exposed Starmer as a liar many times over.

There are so many humiliating aspects to this nightmare that it is hard to enumerate them all – and, fortunately, I don’t have to. Cornish Damo has done it for me in the following Rant which has just one fault – it makes Starmer far more entertaining than he really is:

Special K? More like K-O’d.

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Why Starmer was wrong to write for The Sun – by a Murdoch employee

Together? Maybe. But stronger? Future? Unlikely. Keir Starmer’s decision to write for The Sun will have disgusted Labour’s mainstream followers without attracting voters across from the Tories.

The simple fact is that Keir Starmer has access to far more – and far better – media outlets than The Sun, so his choice to write for that rag was a political statement.

The people of Liverpool, where next year’s Labour conference will be staged, will undoubtedly be animated by that revelation. Will they cancel?

Here’s the information we all need to read:

Yes. It’s about stupidity. ‘Nuff said?

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Starmer’s Sun article hasn’t just betrayed Liverpool but the whole Labour movement


This Writer heard yesterday (October 2) that Labour ‘leader’ Keir Starmer had written an editorial for The Sun but I refrained from commenting in the hope that the negative response elsewhere might encourage him to see sense and withdraw the piece.

Well, that was a forlorn hope!

Of course, he had made no commitment not to write for The Sun. Certainly, while campaigning to be party leader in Liverpool, he had said he would not have anything to do with that rag during the course of his leadership campaign. Some of us questioned that caveat at the time.

Having anything to do with The Sun has been taboo for Labour since the Hillsborough tragedy, after which that paper colluded with the Conservatives to publish shocking lies about the event that smeared and insulted the people of Liverpool.

Liverpudlians have shunned the rag for more than 30 years, and Labour has done the same in solidarity with the city that the Conservatives so badly wronged –

– apart from a handful of arrogant right-wingers who thought they knew better.

And now Starmer has joined their number – fatally torpedoing Labour’s chances of election under his leadership.

Possibly the worst insult of all (I haven’t bothered to read the piece; why would anyone?) is that Starmer has apparently repeated his lie that Jeremy Corbyn led Labour to its worst defeat since 1935. In terms of the number of votes cast for the party, that simply isn’t true…

… and it just reinforces the impression we have of a liar who does not deserve our support.

Don’t just take my word about the damage Starmer has done to the Labour Party:

It is particularly telling that Liverpool’s Labour MPs have condemned their ‘leader’ and his silly Tory-wooing antics:

… along with other Labour MPs whose hearts are in the right (rather than the right-wing) place:

Last word? Try this:

If you are a supporter of genuine Labour values, then this man and his hangers-on simply aren’t worth your time.

Spurn him as you would spurn a rabid dog. Shun him in the same way Liverpool shuns The Sun.

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Stop lying, BBC! Starmer wasn’t heckled over his mother but for failing to support the NHS

Why do people bother to pay the licence fee when BBC News feeds them lies?

The current editor-approved attack line against socialists is that people who – rightly – heckled Keir Starmer’s speech to the Labour conference were mocking him for talking about his mother being in intensive care.

This is a lie.

See it in action in this clip in which Laura Pidcock was asked for her reaction:

Note that the false implication about Starmer’s mother isn’t fanfared – it’s just slipped into the clip to take you by surprise.

Here’s the reality of the situation:

The correct news angle would have been to ask why Starmer doesn’t support a 15 per cent pay rise for nurses if he appreciates the work they did for (among others) his own mother. Isn’t it hypocritical and insensitive of him to use his own mother in such a way?

Starmer’s speech was full of similar howlers. Top of this list is his announcement of a new organisation, Labour Friends of the Police, on the day we heard how a police officer used his powers to arrest, kidnap, rape and murder a woman, and then burned the body.

If that is the kind of friend Keir Starmer wants, then he is no friend of yours.

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Keir Starmer’s speech: Nazi catchphrases won’t endear him to hecklers

Offensive gesture: when This Writer discussed Starmer’s speech with a non-political friend, the other person said this pose, struck by the Labour leader while mocking a heckler, deeply angered him.

This Writer was away at a (genuine) funeral so I missed the (metaphorical) funeral for Keir Starmer’s political career that some may call his first Labour conference speech as party leader.

I’ve been catching up on it later and my goodness, it was a stinker!

For once, the mainstream media’s vain attempts to whitewash this disaster weren’t the most astonishing part of the fiasco. And there’s a wide choice of other shockers from which to choose.

Top of my list is his referencing of a Nazi slogan – “beauty of work”. He tried to claim he was referring to words by W.H. Auden, but I’ve had a (quick, admittedly) look and can’t find that phrase connected with the great poet anywhere.

Our good friend, the Skwawkbox blog, has found a connection with Nazism, though: “‘Schönheit der Arbeit’ was the slogan of a propaganda department of the Nazi regime from 1934 to 1945… SdA aimed to keep the population in what its rulers considered their place.”

I am curious to see how his allies on the Board of Deputies of British Jews justify their support for a man who directly quotes Nazi propaganda.

Alternatively, we could discuss the part where Starmer said he spent the summer of 2010 helping to put terrorists behind bars while Boris Johnson was writing Telegraph articles defending his right not to wear a cycle helmet.

Maybe, as Director of Public Prosecutions, Starmer did indeed help to keep terrorists behind bars in a supervisory way – the same supervisory way in which he had failed to put Jimmy Savile behind bars the previous year; he had not been directly involved.

After Savile died in 2013 and his offences against children became public knowledge, Starmer commissioned an investigation that criticised prosecutors and the police over their handling of allegations against the late broadcaster. Too little, too late.

The only incident in 2010 in which I can find direct involvement in anti-terrorist activity by Starmer is his ruling on the case of Binyam Mohamed, a terror suspect who had been arrested in Pakistan in 2002 and tortured under the supervision of four FBI officers. According to Novara Media,

Mohamed was kept in a 2m by 2.5m cell, beaten frequently with a leather strap and hung from the ceiling for an entire week. During this period, he was visited by MI5 agents who observed his punishment first-hand, and warned that if he did not answer their questions he would be sent to a country whose laws would permit the use of more extreme interrogation tactics. This is precisely what happened three months later. The CIA transferred him to a secret prison in Morocco, where his captors repeatedly slashed his penis and chest with razor blades, burnt him with hot liquid and forced him to stay awake for 48-hour periods while playing loud repetitive music. MI5 continued to oversee the operation from afar, providing Mohamed’s interrogators with specific questions about his contacts in the UK and discussing the timescale of his detention with them. After he was released without charge, Mohamed produced evidence of British involvement in his torture, and it fell to Starmer to decide whether the lead MI5 officer would be prosecuted. Starmer declared he would not. He later made the same ruling in relation to an MI6 officer accused of sanctioning the torture of detainees in Bagram Air Base.

Perhaps Starmer meant something else in his speech.

No wonder he was heckled to hell and back – despite having employed police to intimidate conference delegates…

… and, indeed, allegedly bussing in ‘day visitors’ to bolster his support in the hall:

(And that hall was still riddled with empty seats, prompting comparisons with Jeremy Corbyn’s speeches – when queues to see him speak stretched around the conference venues and his words had to be broadcast to overflow rooms to meet demand – as Skwawkbox (again) reminds us.)

When Starmer said people turned to the Tories in 2019 “because they didn’t believe that our promises were credible,” someone shouted out: “It was your Brexit policy!” leaving the Labour leader rattled.

After another heckle he tried to save face by saying, “At this time on a Wednesday it’s normally the Tories who are heckling me. It doesn’t bother me then; it won’t bother me now.” But it should; these heckles were from people who would have been shouting in support of him if he had performed well in any way during the conference.

During a section of his speech on the value of work, former Big Brother contestant Carole Vincent shouted at length, starting, “They want to be paid properly!” The remainder of her oration was lost as Starmer responded “Shouting slogans or changing lives, conference!”

The trouble was, she wasn’t shouting slogans, as she explained later: “He had ignored…people who had been standing up and asking for him to guarantee the 15 per cent rise for the NHS; a £15 [per hour] minimum wage.” Fair points.

Sadly, the best video clip I could find to demonstrate these interruptions is from The Sun, so I present it with apologies for the lapse of standards. If anyone can find a more wholesome source, please get in touch so I can replace this:

The peroration – the conclusion of the speech and the part intended to inspire enthusiasm in the audience – seemed to be a demand for us all to knuckle under and obey our masters:

“This is a big moment that demands leadership. Leadership founded on the principles that have informed my life and with which I honour where I have come from.

“Work. Care. Equality. Security. I think of these values as British values. I think of them as the values that take you right to the heart of the British public. That is where this party must always be.

“And I think of these values as my heirloom. The word loom, from which that idea comes, is another word for tool.”

Funny that he should mention the word “tool” again in his speech. Previously, he had said, “”My dad was a tool maker in a factory. In a sense so was Boris Johnson’s dad.”

Well, it turns out that Starmer’s dad was a tool maker in exactly the same sense, because that’s exactly how Starmer himself came across here.

If these principles have informed Starmer’s life, why was he unable to demonstrate them to delegates at the Labour conference?

Security? He wouldn’t offer low-paid workers the security of a £15-per-hour minimum wage. His shadow minister for Employment Rights quit because of it.

Equality? He pushed through rule changes that enormously increased the power of Labour MPs while reducing that of the wider membership.

Care? He showed he couldn’t care less about the grassroots members who campaign for Labour when he ignored – completely – a campaigner for a Green New Deal.

Work? His leadership doesn’t.

And that Nazi reference is deeply worrying.

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Founding union splits from Labour in disgust at Starmer – hours before his big speech

BFAWU president Ian Hodson: the union has disaffiliated from Labour – the party it helped create – after Starmer’s rabble threatened to expel him over a connection with a proscribed organisation.

One of the trade unions that founded the Labour Party has disaffiliated from it – in disgust at Keir Starmer’s insistence on waging a “factional internal war” instead of opposing Boris Johnson’s far-right government.

The Bakers, Food and Allied Workers Union (BFAWU) had said it would hold a vote on disaffiliation after Labour threatened to expel its national president, Ian Hodson, over connections with one of the organisations that Starmer’s Labour recently proscribed for no very good reason.

Hodson had dealings with Labour Against the Witchhunt – a support organisation for party members falsely accused of anti-Semitism by Keir Starmer’s auto-guilting disciplinary machine – until 2017.

It was proscribed by Starmer’s perversion of the party earlier this year, making any action against Hodson retrospective – and therefore unreasonable.

The union had planned a disaffiliation vote to coincide with Starmer’s speech at the Labour conference in Brighton this week – but the announcement was made the day before, heaping humiliation on the party’s non-leader.

He is the only Labour leader ever to drive away one of the organisations that helped found the party.

In a statement, the union made its reasoning clear [boldings mine]:

“We need footballers to campaign to ensure our schoolchildren get a hot meal. Workers in our sector, who keep the nation fed, are relying on charity and good will from family and friends to put food on their tables. They rely on help to feed their families, with 7.5% relying on food banks, according to our recent survey.

“But instead of concentrating on these issues we have a factional internal war led by the leadership. We have a real crisis in the country and instead of leadership, the party’s leader  chooses to divide the trade unions and the membership by proposing changes to the way elections for his successor will take place.

“We don’t see that as a political party with any expectations of winning an election. It’s just the leader trying to secure the right wing faction’s chosen successor.

“The decision taken by our delegates doesn’t mean we are leaving the political scene; it means we will become more political and we will ensure our members’ political voice is heard as we did when we started the campaign for £10 per hour in 2014.

“Today we want to see £15 per hour for all workers, the abolition of zero hours contracts and ending discrimination of young people by dispensing with youth rates.

The BFAWU will not be bullied by bosses or politicians. When you pick on one of us you take on all of us. That’s what solidarity means.”

In the light of this announcement, Keir Starmer should be dreading the moment when he takes the stage for his speech.

He was probably hoping for applause – but now he’ll be lucky to avoid catcalls. Personally, This Writer would pelt him with rotten vegetables.

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Deluded, treacherous Keir Starmer thinks he can win elections after splitting the Labour Party

The only response Keir Starmer deserves: his treatment of Ken Loach is just one reason this nasty little creature and his cronies deserve our contempt.

This is one of the rare occasions when This Writer actually feels sympathy for Laura Bloody Kuenssberg.

The Bane of BBC News must have needed a disinfecting shower after Labour non-leader ‘Little Keir’ Starmer opened his mouth and ejaculated a stream of pure bullsh*t over her, as appears to have happened today (September 28).

She has faithfully transcribed the incident in a BBC report that we can analyse. Prepare to be sickened.

The headline reads: “Winning election more important than unity, says Sir Keir Starmer.” What an odd thing to say when no UK political party has ever won an election if the public perceived it to be divided.

In the text of the article he explained that he came into politics “to go into government to change millions of lives” – but that is clearly not going to happen. He has spent the whole of the Labour conference positioning himself as ‘Continuity Johnson’ – a ‘safe’ pair of hands for the Establishment (whoever that is) to hand the government, on the strict understanding that he won’t change anything at all.

He’ll never change millions of lives – unless he can find ways to make them even worse than the Tories have.

He said he didn’t come into politics to “lose and then tweet about it”.

Fair comment. After he lost at Chesham and Amersham, Starmer didn’t tweet about it, despite having tweeted regularly, up until polling day on June 17:

Afterwards – nothing. If you lose an election in Keir Starmer’s Labour, he won’t acknowledge your efforts or those of everybody who came to help you; it will be as though you never existed.

That’s the kind of leader he is: the kind whose only interest is his own image. The kind that nobody wants.

Kuenssberg’s article goes on to say that Starmer called on “every single Labour Party member and supporter” to have the same focus on the ballot box as he did.

In other words: your principles mean nothing – abandon them. All that matters is that Keir Starmer wins and takes power for himself.

I don’t think that’s a stance that Labour Party members will accept. Not those who joined to make the UK better, at least. His privileged, parachuted-in, right-wing cronies will be all for it, of course.

But most Labour members do have principles. They joined because they thought the party stood for something.

Over the 18 months of his non-leadership, Starmer has stripped away Labour’s policies until there was nothing left. He then spent the last few days at conference offering a new set of policies that were either dismissible as outright lies or unacceptable to anybody who holds the ideals for which Labour was originally formed.

Explaining his thinking, Starmer said: “Two years ago we were here in Brighton at Labour party conference and within a few short months we’d crashed to the worst general election results since 1935. I am not prepared to let that happen and if that means tough decisions to change our party, which is what I did on Sunday, I am going to take those tough decisions.”

How disingenuous. Starmer knows that Labour lost in 2019 because right-wing factionalists within the party had spent the previous two years undermining previous leader Jeremy Corbyn, in terror at how close the UK had come to having a transformative, socialist Labour government in 2017.

Starmer himself spent the early part of his term as leader protecting those people from scrutiny and presenting the most feeble excuses possible for doing so (think of the lawsuit brought by the former party officers who took part in the BBC’s Panorama non-documentary, Is Labour Antisemitic; advised that he would win, Starmer instead paid off the litigants at huge cost to party members).

This Writer is not the only person who can see what he has done. We all can. Most of us were disgusted by this failure of leadership. And here he was, defending it. Weak.

Kuenssberg wrote: “He was … asked why he did not seem to inspire Labour members in the same way his predecessor Jeremy Corbyn did.”

I have scanned the article thoroughly, but could not find any answer to the question, anywhere in it. Starmer evaded the question completely. Perhaps he knows that he will never inspire Labour members – and certainly not voters – in the way Corbyn did.

So he avoided answering. I think he knows that he will get his response at the ballot box – if he even gets that far.

Because Starmer’s continued leadership of the Labour Party is by no means a foregone conclusion. He was elected on the basis of 10 pledges – all of which he subsequently abandoned.

“The world has changed since they were made,” he pleaded. Not very much!

“I stand by the principles and the values that are behind the pledges I made.” That is only believable if we take those principles and values to be treachery and dishonesty.

“But the most important pledge I made is that I would turn our party into a party that would be fit for government.” And that is yet another pledge broken.

If Starmer became leader in the role of a doctor, come to heal the ailments that have led voters to consider Labour unfit, then his subsequent actions are equivalent to breaking the patient’s arms and legs, blinding them, injecting them with acid and unplugging their life-support machine.

This Writer feels defiled, simply reading the article and writing about it afterwards. There is something inherently unpleasant about Starmer and his approach to politics.

I remember with distaste the way he cold-shouldered a party activist who wanted to discuss how Labour would tackle climate change. Faced with the result of a conference vote that fully-endorsed the activist’s views, his lieutenant Rachel Reeves then adopted much of what had already been approved, as if it had been the party leadership’s idea.

That’s nauseating.

So.

How does he think he can win?

If he’s honest with himself, I think he’s relying on the claim – over-employed by his adherents – that there simply isn’t any other choice. “If you don’t support Starmer, you’re supporting the Tories,” they lie.

The reason is as described above: Starmer is “Continuity Johnson”. And there is no point in replacing the Tories with a party that is exactly the same – or, in Starmer’s case, very slightly worse.

After this week’s conference, Labour members across the UK will be taking a long, hard look at the party they joined, and asking themselves if it measures up to their standards.

You see, UK politics is too often characterised as tribal – join our tribe, support our tribe; you have no other choice.

That’s not acceptable now; not when the two main tribes are as close to the same as makes no real difference.

It is time for us all to compare what the UK’s political parties – all of them – have to offer us with what we actually want.

If they won’t offer it, then we need to walk away…

,,, and start a movement of our own that does.

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Liars about anti-Semitism band together as #LabourConference 2021 demands sanctions against Israel

Louise Ellman: former chair of Labour Friends of Israel rejoins Labour just as the party agrees to demand sanctions against that country for its apartheid policies and mistreatment of Palestinians.

Louise Ellman, who quit the Labour Party in 2019 ahead of a deselection vote in the Liverpool Riverside constituency based on her insistence on lying about anti-Semitism, has rejoined.

The readmission of the woman who was chair of Labour Friends of Israel coincides with the party’s decision to demand sanctions against Israel for its policy of apartheid towards Palestinians. This Writer can’t wait to see what she does when she is called on to support the new policy!

Which side of this embarrassment for Starmer shall we examine first? Ellman.

On the BBC Panorama mockery-of-a-documentary Is Labour Antisemitic? Ellman attacked members of the Constituency Labour Party at Liverpool Riverside, whose Parliamentary seat she occupied at the time.

She told us that while she would come to meetings wanting to discuss domestic issues that are at the heart of Labour’s policy platform (like the NHS), she would be confronted about the Middle East, matters would become unpleasant and people would leave those meetings in tears.

She did not mention the fact that she has been a chair of the Jewish Labour Movement and vice-chair of Labour Friends of Israel (she took the chair later), and has been an active spokeswoman in Parliament on issues relating to the Middle East. Nor was it stated anywhere else in the documentary. It seems to me that questions about her opinions on this subject may well be justified in such a situation.

She also lied many times about then-Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn. Here’s just one example that led to the exposure of her own dishonesty:

She attacked Mr Corbyn for having attended a meeting in 2010 when Holocaust survivor Hajo Meyer was a speaker. The claim was that Mr Meyer – a Holocaust survivor who was at Auschwitz, remember – was an anti-Semite because he criticised the behaviour of the current Israeli government in no uncertain terms.

Ms Ellman said she had been “appalled” to find out about the event. In fact, it was revealed, she attended it herself and was present during the whole of Mr Meyer’s speech, which was heckled shamelessly by a small but loud group of Zionists. It seems she sat quiet and unmoved throughout this incident and only spoke up about it when she saw a chance to damage Mr Corbyn’s reputation with a false claim.

The ‘trigger’ vote, on whether she would need to seek her constituency’s backing to continue as its Labour candidate, meant a vote of “no confidence” in her was taken off the table.

Ms Ellman had previously refused to tell a CLP meeting whether she would support a Corbyn government. Her resignation seemed an acceptance that her lies had caught up with her and that she would not have survived a ‘trigger’ vote and the selection procedure that would have followed.

Other false accusations by Ellman against Mr Corbyn may be found here.

The attraction to Keir Starmer of welcoming such a liar back into the Labour Party should be clear; Starmer himself has also lied about Jeremy Corbyn – most notably in his reasons for suspending Mr Corbyn after the previous Labour leader responded to the Equality and Human Rights Commission’s report on whether Labour was “institutionally anti-Semitic” (it wasn’t).

Initially, in explaining Mr Corbyn’s suspension, Starmer had said anyone claiming anti-Semitism in Labour was “all exaggerated” was part of the problem. But Mr Corbyn had not done so. He had – rightly – said that the scale of the problem had been “dramatically overstated”, and provided accurate figures to prove it.

Starmer tried to claim that he had not been personally responsible for the decision to suspend Mr Corbyn (on the same day the EHRC had warned Labour that politicians like the party leader should not interfere with disciplinary decisions) – but former Unite union leader Len McCluskey has said this was not true: “His words were: ‘He put me in an impossible position and I had no choice.’”

More information on Starmer’s lies are here.

The motion supported by Labour conference delegates

demands action that stops “the building of settlements, reverses any annexation, ends the occupation of the West Bank, the blockade of Gaza”.

Sanctions should also be imposed to ensure Israel “brings down the Wall [in the West Bank] and respects the right of Palestinian people, enshrined in international law, to return to their homes”, it states.

The motion notes the reports by human rights groups that “conclude unequivocally that Israel is practising the crime of apartheid as defined by the UN”.

I understand that the motion was tabled by Young Labour:

Shadow Foreign Secretary Lisa Nandy said the leadership could not support the motion – which is hardly surprising since it puts Keir Starmer, herself and all the other pondslime in a contradictory position:

But refusing to accept the decision is not an option, for a very important reason:

In the Labour Party, the will of conference is sovereign. It is described as “the ultimate authority in the party”.

If Starmer and the others try to act as if the vote hasn’t happened, just because they don’t like it, then they open the door for hundreds of thousands of Labour members to reject the votes they don’t like – such as the changes to leadership election rules or to disciplinary procedures. The result would be chaos.

The only real choice, if they really cannot accept the will of the party, is for Starmer and the others to resign their membership. In Ellwood’s case, that would be hugely ironic.

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