There will be voices that support the Labour NEC decision to bar Jeremy Corbyn from seeking re-election as a party candidate in Islington North – but it seems clear that they are in the minority.
And they’re also irrelevant when one considers the response from the only group that really matters: Islington North Constituency Labour Party.
Islington North CLP statement: "We believe in the democratic right of all constituency parties to choose their candidrae. Therefore, we reject the NEC’s undue interference in Islington North, which undermines our goal of defeating the Conservatives."
— Lewis Goodall (@lewis_goodall) March 28, 2023
It seems the CLP is planning to select Mr Corbyn anyway, no matter what Keir Starmer’s NEC lapdogs say.
You can understand why, from this clip of reactions to Mr Corbyn’s suspension from the Parliamentary Labour Party, back in 2020:
An insight into how some of @JeremyCorbyn's constituents here in Islington North feel about the ongoing situation. #JeremyCorbynThePeoplesMPpic.twitter.com/wrm7tbl3o0
— Islington Friends of Jeremy Corbyn (@Islington4JC) March 28, 2023
Did you mark the comment that the constituency is “Corbyn country”?
It seems this is one place where the person has eclipsed the party, and won’t be easily unseated by a drone parachuted in by Head Office.
That’s not the limit of the Labour leadership’s troubles, though:
That's my direct debit to the Labour Party cancelled and if unite the union doesn't stop funding that undemocratic shitshow of a party I'll be cancelling my direct debit to them as well
— paul green (@GreenPaul58) March 28, 2023
And what are the people in Unite doing..?
I and other socialist officers of @unitetheunion advocate our union's disaffiliation from @UKLabour. Today our case is even stronger. Join us in July at conference to exert our power to break this link once and for all. I stand with @jeremycorbyn. Forward to a new workers' party: pic.twitter.com/z6FMQG8KDq
— 𝗪𝗶𝗹𝗹𝗶𝗮𝗺 (@Geordetroiter) March 28, 2023
If Starmer manages to foil Islington North’s apparent plan to select Mr Corbyn anyway, people are already lining up to help him seek election as an independent:
The disgusting Labour NEC has voted to prevent Corbyn standing as Islington North Labour representative.
This is undemocratic & Stalinist. Jeremy must stand as an independent & form a new socialist Party.#IStandWithJeremyCorbyn
RT if you stand with Corbyn pic.twitter.com/30dkEpHyFG
— Bevan Boy (@mac123_m) March 28, 2023
I’ve been in the Labour Party for 29 years. I joined when John Smith was leader. But if #JeremyCorbyn has to stand as an independent, I’ll be honoured to knock on doors to support his campaign.
If that means @UKLabour will expel me in my 30th year as a member, then so be it. pic.twitter.com/PGXo4CS6VL
— Martin O'Neill (@martin_oneill) March 28, 2023
Dear @jeremycorbyn if you choose to stand as an independent. I'm a quick train ride from Highbury and Islington. I have years of experience canvassing and organising and I'm available for volunteering Friday-Sunday.
— Ed Poole🟠🌤 (@edwardpoole1975) March 28, 2023
I live a little way away and transport would be difficult, but I’d love to do a bit with the Absolute Boy.
And it goes on. It seems people are resigning from CLP executives…
I've just resigned from the Executive Committee of my local party – there are a number of reasons why, but today's overreach by the Leadership and NEC to restrict local party democracy is the final straw. pic.twitter.com/VSe5qBYlPD
— Max Holloway (@MxHolloway_) March 28, 2023
Looking at the resignation letter above, it seems the treatment of Mr Corbyn isn’t the only bone of contention with the party leadership and there may be much that is being kept from us (unlike during the years when he was leader, and the right-wing media insisted on examining every piece of rubbish in the bins, looking for scandal).
If this snowballs, Keir Starmer will only have himself to blame – but don’t expect to hear about it from the right-wing media that support him!
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