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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:

here

and here.

 

Don’t be fooled by Starmer’s conference speech. Labour is now right-wing and deeply racist

This is just one of the many problems with Keir Starmer’s Labour. Read on for more.

People are raving about Keir Starmer’s keynote speech at the Labour Party conference. Why?

Have a gander at the highlights:

He made a lot of promises. But he breaks his promises, left, right and centre.

And his promises weren’t even that good. A new company called Great British Energy, that would be publicly-owned?

That’s not nationalisation. That’s capitalism.

Meanwhile, part three of Al Jazeera’s investigation into Labour Party corruption, The Labour Files, has been released on YouTube. Then it was set to ‘private’, presumably due to fears that Starmer and his cronies would take out a lawsuit of some kind. Then copies of it appeared elsewhere, like this one. It says it’s unavailable but if you click “Watch on Facebook” you should be able to see it:

Here’s the direct link, too: https://www.facebook.com/Labourheartlands/videos/792236845345375/?extid=CL-UNK-UNK-UNK-AN_GK0T-GK1C&ref=sharing

The promotional blurb states: “Al Jazeera’s Investigative Unit reveals how a British political party that claims to embrace progressive values created a hierarchy of racism that discriminated against its Black, Asian and Muslim members.”

The documentary has created a groundswell of anger against the party:

Here’s an example of what the documentary showed:

Labour has responded – but it seems that response is being held in doubt:

And still there is no interest from the mainstream media – particularly the BBC, whose Panorama strand ran a hugely controversial documentary about Labour and anti-Semitism in 2019. You may recall This Site’s series of articles debunking what it said (links here).

It seems there may be an agenda involved:

Meanwhile, at the Labour conference, a ‘reference back’ referring to a vote at last year’s event, calling for the party to support action to end Israel’s continuing illegal actions against Palestinians, was lost under highly dubious circumstances:

And, of course, the purge of Jewish socialists who say “Not in my name” to all these machinations continues:

The current case-in-point remains that of Naomi Wimborne-Idrissi, newly-elected as the only Jewish member of the party’s National Executive Committee, whose party membership was suspended in suspicious circumstances on the eve of the party conference.

Now Labour has gone further:

So I’m sorry if you heard Starmer’s speech and thought Labour was coming back into the light; it isn’t.

Under Keir Starmer, that party has become a dangerous tool for racists and allies of a hostile foreign power.

It is not fit for government, and never will be while Starmer and his cronies – or their successors – are in control.

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Jewish NEC member suspended by Labour on eve of party conference

Suspended: Naomi Wimborne-Idrissi with the RMT Union’s Mick Lynch.

This is unfortunate timing – for the Labour Party.

It has suspended Naomi Wimborne-Idrissi, recently elected to the party’s National Executive Committee, on suspicion of having broken party rules nearly a year ago.

Why wait so long – until a significant event in the party calendar – if it’s a serious allegation? Doesn’t this correspond with the claims in the Al Jazeera documentary series The Labour Files about the party’s factional use of the disciplinary system?

Members of Jewish Voice for Labour, for whom Ms Wimborne-Idrissi is media officer, seem to think so:

This suspension along with a flurry of other eve of conference expulsions and suspensions bears out the evidence presented in the Forde  Report and the Al Jazeera programme, The Labour Files: The Purge, about the Party’s factional abuse of the disciplinary system.

Furthermore, the notion that the Action Plan, introduced in response to the EHRC investigation, has solved all problems has been shown to be travesty.

On Thursday afternoon Naomi received a Notice of Allegation and Administrative Suspension which charged her with having “spoken at an event run by proscribed organisations”. That event took place almost a year ago at the 2021 party conference. Why has this moment been chosen to suspend her from membership?

Naomi’s NEC candidature was backed by 13 different groups and many individuals who came together to campaign for the #Grassroots5 slate. Other members who have been charged with the same offence have not been suspended pending investigation. Why has Naomi been singled out for suspension? This action and its timing seem calculated to prevent her taking up her role as an NEC member representing constituency party members at the NEC AGM scheduled for Tuesday Sept 27.

We note that extraordinary numbers of other members, included elected CLP delegates, have been suspended or expelled just in time to prevent their participation in conference.

Naomi and JVL have campaigned powerfully and consistently against the misuse of allegations of antisemitism against the pro-Palestinian left. Naomi is the only directly elected Jewish member on the NEC. Approaching 60 Jewish party members have been investigated for “antisemitism”. Many Jewish members have resigned feeling that Labour is an unsafe place for non-Zionists.

How does this disproportionate targeting of Jews fit in with Keir Starmer’s talk of ‘”tearing out antisemitism”?

Could there be another factor in this carefully planned timing? Naomi’s suspension came hours before the airing of the first in a series of #LabourFiles documentary programmes revealing the extent to which staff and politicians on the right of the party worked behind the scenes to undermine and defeat those on the left. Programme Two on Saturday 24 September will include evidence of the abuse experienced by “the wrong sort of Jews”.

We deplore the misuse of disciplinary procedures to purge the party of left-wing activists who have always represented a strong strand in Labour.

We call for

  • the immediate lifting of Naomi Wimborne-Idrissi’s suspension
  • an end to the arbitrary and factional interventions by the party apparatus
  • implementation of the recommendations in the Forde Report including effective action against the racism and Islamophobia exposed so graphically
  • the restoration of the whip to Jeremy Corbyn.
  • Conference to review all decisions to ban proscribed groups.

Of course, there has been a fuss on the social media. Here’s Ms Wimborne-Idrissi herself:

And others have also chimed in:

That last tweet is pretty damning all by itself!

Expect absolutely no comment from Keir Starmer’s Labour and no effort to offer justice to all the Jewish people his party has wronged.

Source: On the suspension of Naomi Wimborne-Idrissi | Jewish Voice for Labour

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Jewish Voice for Labour’s Naomi Wimborne-Idrissi elected to Labour’s NEC

Elected: Naomi Wimborne-Idrissi

A co-founder of the much-maligned organisation for Jewish people in the Labour Party, Jewish Voice for Labour, has been elected to the party’s National Executive Committee.

Naomi Wimborne-Idrissi’s achievement is all the more remarkable because she had once been suspended from the party altogether, for allegedly supporting claims that accusations of anti-Semitism had been “weaponised”.

Here’s JVL’s press release:

We are delighted that our Media Officer, Naomi Wimborne-Idrissi, has been elected to Labour’s National Executive Committee.

Naomi stood on the GrassRoots5 slate, backed by 13 left organisations including JVL. We congratulate the three other members of the slate, Jess Barnard, Gemma Bolton and Yasmine Dar on their election, but regret that Mish Rahman sadly didn’t get re-elected. We thank everyone who voted for the GrassRoots5. The coalition of 13 groups worked very well together and we hope there is scope for more collaboration in the future.

Naomi’s phenomenal campaigning activities, focusing on the issues facing working class people, and her solid support for striking workers, filled social media with energy and enthusiasm. JVL’s reputation for defending members’ rights and for opposing all forms of racism will also have been a factor in her favour for many of those members who have not been expelled or suspended or left in despair.

The hard work begins now. Naomi and her CLP and trade union comrades on the NEC will have a fight on their hands defending the left wing policies that had won so much support. As she argued throughout the campaign, radical measures are needed to end the cost of living crisis and defend workers’ rights and living standards. There’s also a job of work to be done to resist the divisions that are being propagated by the Tories and, regrettably, by some amongst the Leadership of the Labour Party. That will mean continuing to make the case for a democratic party that values its members and respects their right to freedom of expression.

And here’s a video clip in which she discusses herself and her views:

Source: Naomi Wimborne-Idrissi is elected to Labour’s NEC | Jewish Voice for Labour

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Starmer’s purge of so-called Labour antisemites is now persecuting left-wing Jews

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The latest victims of Keir Starmer’s politically-motivated purge of Labour Party members – using anti-Semitism as the excuse – are left-wing Jews.

It is perfectly possible for Jewish people to be anti-Semitic, of course.

This Site took Starmer to task for taking donations from one such anti-Semite only two days ago, at the time of writing.

The fact that he takes cash from an anti-Semite (and has apparently ignored demands for him to hand back the money), while victimising innocent people merely highlights the hypocrisy at the heart of his New Pale Blue Labour.

That’s right – innocent people.

Here’s one:

I urge you to read the articles to which these tweets link – to understand the reasons for the suspension and why they are wrong.

This is not the first time this acclaimed mathematician and philosopher has had his Labour membership suspended. There was no substance to those accusations either.

The other high-profile Jewish suspension was that of Naomi Wimborne-Idrissi – for being “the wrong kind of Jew”, as this video makes clear:

It wouldn’t surprise me if the video above is the reason for her suspension, even though there is no offensive material in it (unless you’re one of Labour’s current hard-right leadership).

Commentators have drawn the obvious conclusion – that Starmer’s Labour Party is inherently, institutionally anti-Semitic:

But then, what can you expect from a party that takes huge amounts of money in donations from an anti-Semite?

Meanwhile – and connected: Twitter’s harassment of left-wing political voices continues. After Kerry-Anne Mendoza’s accounts were restored to her, she found herself forced to say this:

It didn’t last long but by now we’re getting used to the tactic and learning how to fight it:

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