An open letter calls for action against Keir Starmer’s Labour purge

Support us and go ad-freeThe Labour ‘purge‘ of left-wing members has continued unabated. So, a campaign group has written a searing open letter to members. It calls on them to resist the attacks and take action – now. The ongoing purge The Canary has been documenting the ongoing Labour Party machinery’s purge of left-wing members. It’s involved the party stopping Constituency Labour Parties (CLP) debating certain motions; suspending prominent left-wing members; refusing to endorse long-standing left-wing councillors for re-election; the removal of the whip from ex-leader Jeremy Corbyn, and more recently proscribing four left-wing groups which resulted in the party expelling film director Ken Loach and attempting to…

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This Labour MP’s embarrassing ISIS/Taliban claim tells us politicians are out of their depth

Support us and go ad-freeA Labour MP’s ISIS claim during the Commons Afghanistan debate has led to questions about her knowledge of the region. Stella Creasy, who is on the right of the party, was roundly attacked on social media. She’d played up the risk of the Taliban providing a “safe haven” for the militant group ISIS. The debate followed the rapid collapse of the Afghan government in the face of a rapid Taliban advance. This collapse followed the withdrawal of the US military occupation which had held the regime together. In her speech, Creasy said: President Biden may not have spoken to other world leaders since the…

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Labour wants to expel a Jewish member of over 50 years

Support us and go ad-freeThe Labour Party is trying to expel a veteran Jewish member. But he isn’t taking it lying down. Another witch hunt victim? Graham Bash is chair of South Thanet Labour Party. He’s a member of the party for 52 years. Bash is the political officer for Jewish Voice for Labour (JVL), and he’s also the political secretary of the Labour Representation Committee (LRC). But Labour’s governance and legal unit (GLU) has threatened to boot him out. In a letter, it said that it has: reason to believe that [Bash] is ineligible to be or remain a Labour Party member because you are a supporter of…

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Labour just lost a councillor but it’s a ‘breakthrough’ for another party

Support us and go ad-freeA Labour councillor has defected to an up-and-coming political party. The move may not be a surprise given Keir Starmer’s woeful leadership. But it does show how the new political party is already resonating with people. Enter Breakthrough As The Canary previously reported, the Breakthrough Party launched in January 2021. Alex Mays founded it. You can read all about Breakthrough here. But as Mays told The Canary: We are a new home for those determined to disrupt the failed status quo and build an alternative. It’s a society that uses its considerable wealth to provide dignity, security and justice for all. We see hope not in Westminster. We see…

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John McDonnell’s Labour group is taking aim at Keir Starmer

Support us and go ad-freeThe Labour group led by John McDonnell has issued a furious statement over the party’s banning of four left-wing groups. It also takes aim at Keir Starmer directly – saying he has brought the party “almost to its knees”. Banning the left? As The Canary previously reported, Labour has banned four groups: Socialist Appeal. Labour in Exile Network (LIEN). Labour against the Witchhunt. Resist (the Chris Williamson-founded group). A Labour source said at the time that the party banned them because the groups’ values weren’t “compatible” with Labour’s. SKWAWKBOX noted that the banning of these groups would make: mere membership of them an automatic expulsion offence even though they…

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Headache for Keir Starmer as trade union pulls funding from Labour in London

Support us and go ad-freeThe GMB Union has pulled its funding of Labour in London. It’s because a Labour council sacked an employee who is one of the union’s members. The GMB says it looks like potential “political victimisation”. But does the move show a wider disquiet in the trade union movement with Keir Starmer’s party? Meet Gary Bolister As the GMB tweeted: Gary is devastated. Working for Islington council, where he was born and raised, was his passion and vocation. His callous sacking over an honest error is starting to look like political victimisation.https://t.co/Gd3PhpbXWi — GMB Union (@GMB_union) July 27, 2021 Read on...Support us and go ad-free…

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Victorious Marc Wadsworth pins the blame for Jewish Chronicle smears on Labour

Support us and go ad-freeBlack journalist, activist, and former Labour Party member Marc Wadsworth has just won a court case against the Jewish Chronicle (JC). But the story is merely a symptom of the illness. Because Wadsworth believes the ultimate blame lies with Labour itself. Marc Wadsworth Wadsworth is a civil rights campaigner, journalist, broadcaster, author, and lecturer. He founded the Black-led Anti-Racist Alliance in 1991, Europe’s largest movement of its kind, and is the editor of citizen journalism website The Latest. In March, the JC claimed he was involved with a group that: set up an “anti-Zionist action network” to discover the addresses of Jewish Labour activists…

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Keir Starmer’s probably glad he’s self-isolating after angry visitors descend on Labour HQ

Support us and go ad-freePoor Keir Starmer. Not only are his party’s finances reportedly down the toilet; not only is he having to self-isolate, but Labour HQ was the site of a protest on Tuesday 20 July. Starmer may well be glad he’s holed up at home. Labour: expulsion central As The Canary previously reported, Labour planned to ban four groups involved in the party: Socialist Appeal. Labour in Exile Network (LIEN). Labour against the Witchhunt. Resist (the Chris Williamson-founded group). SKWAWKBOX noted that the banning of these groups would make: mere membership of them an automatic expulsion offence even though they do not breach Labour’s rule about standing candidates…

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Labour wants to ban left wing members, but they’re taking the fight to party HQ

Support us and go ad-freeThe news that Keir Starmer’s Labour Party is set to ‘proscribe’ (ban) four left wing groups is unsurprising. But if he thought that members were going to take this lying down, he may be sorely mistaken. The Labour purge continues As SKWAWKBOX reported, Labour’s National Executive Committee (NEC) is set to ban four groups involved in the party. The groups named in the article are: Socialist Appeal. Labour in Exile Network (LIEN). Labour against the Witchhunt. Resist (the Chris Williamson-founded group). SKWAWKBOX noted that the banning of these groups would make: mere membership of them an automatic expulsion offence even though they do not…

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A Labour MP once again proved she’s in the wrong party

Support us and go ad-freeA shadow cabinet Labour MP who had to apologise for handing out racist leaflets has once more caused a storm on social media. But this time, she fails to see why people have a problem with her tweets. Shadow women and equalities minister Charlotte Nichols is Labour’s shadow women and equalities minister. As The Canary previously reported, she caused a storm on the local elections campaign trail. This was because Nichols handed out leaflets about the Gypsy, Roma and Traveller (GRT) community that were described as racist. As The Canary‘s Sophia Purdy-Moore wrote: The leaflets in question claimed that locally Labour would ‘deal with…

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