Labour’s expulsion of Ken Loach has been decades in the making

Support us and go ad-freeThe Labour Party’s expulsion of acclaimed director Ken Loach has been met with fury on social media. But the story represents a decades-long fight between factions in the party. Except this time, it may well be the end for the left wing as we know it. Loach out of Labour On Saturday 14 August, Loach tweeted news of the party expelling him. He said: Labour HQ finally decided I’m not fit to be a member of their party, as I will not disown those already expelled… I am proud to stand with the good friends and comrades victimised by the purge. There is indeed a…

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Keir Starmer hires ex-staffer accused of plotting Labour’s loss in the 2017 election

Support us and go ad-freeOne of Keir Starmer’s closest advisers is standing down after Labour suffered another dire by-election result. The aide has been replaced by a former Labour staffer. However, this person was accused of working to ensure her own party lost the 2017 election. Chaos Ben Nunn announced on 18 June that he’s quitting as the Labour leader’s director of communications. It came after the party trailed in fourth in the Chesham and Amersham election. Nunn’s exit was described as another blow to Starmer after Labour won only 622 votes in the by-election. The party secured just 1.6% of the vote and lost its deposit in…

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Ken Loach just handed Labour’s arse to it on a plate

Director Ken Loach has slammed the Labour Party leadership. In a now-published letter, he takes aim at both Keir Starmer and the party’s general secretary David Evans. It’s over their actions towards his Constituency Labour Party (CLP). And Loach pulls no punches – slating their “ludicrous behaviour” and “conscious attempt to destroy” his CLP’s leadership. The situation in Bath: Loach intervenes The letter is specifically about Bath CLP. As The Canary previously reported, the Labour Party machinery has subjected it to part of its ongoing purge of left-wing members: In Bath, the party has put a stop to a meeting to elect new officials. It also barred all…

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Labour’s latest purge may come back to bite it on the arse

The Labour purge has claimed another victim: a well known local councillor. But yet again, it could well end up biting the party and Keir Starmer on the arse. Because John Edwards is going to stand against the party. John Edwards, gone The Express and Star reported that Labour has deselected Edwards. He’s been a councillor for the Greets Green and Lyng ward in Sandwell, West Midlands, for 43 years. That reportedly makes him Labour’s longest serving councillor. Not that length of service matters to the party machinery. Because it has formally “refused to endorse him”. And Labour’s deselection of Edwards has probably got a bit to do…

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Labour’s troubling election leaflets show the ugly normalisation of anti-Traveller racism

Labour MP for Warrington North and shadow women and equalities minister Charlotte Nichols has come under fire. People are criticising her for distributing local election leaflets which include anti-Traveller racist propaganda. Nichols apologised following backlash online. But her distribution of clearly racist materials reflects just how normalised anti-Gypsy, Roma, and Traveller (GRT) racism is in the UK. Anti-Traveller propaganda The leaflets in question claimed that locally Labour would ‘deal with traveller incursions’. Meaning “sudden” unexpected or unwanted appearances. GRT Socialists simply replied: Incursion is it. Very classy. — GRTSocialists (formerly LabourGRT) (@GRTSocialists) April 1, 2021 In response to criticism online, Nichols published a statement on 2 April. She…

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The UK is lighting up red as labours leadership is challenged by local groups

However, since the EHRC report was published, Jewish Labour Party members have come forwards to accuse Labour of ‘weaponising fears’. A member of Jewish Voice for Labour, a left-wing group of Jewish Labour members, called the ban “grossly insulting”: The latest edict from party HQ, suggesting that Jewish members require a wholesale ban on discussion of anything that touches on the treatment of Jeremy Corbyn in order to feel safe and welcome in the party, is grossly insulting and inflammatory. Using such a justification to invoke the delegated powers of the General Secretary to act against members who stand up for their right to free expression seems calculated…

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Labour’s support for Rashford is a sham. Here’s why.

If there’s a bandwagon to be jumped on, you can be sure that Keir Starmer’s Labour Party will be first in the queue. But its support for footballer Marcus Rashford’s campaign over free school meals is actually a sham. Marcus Rashford Rashford has become a prominent anti-poverty campaigner. Most recently, he launched a petition calling on the government to end child food poverty. The petition has three asks: “Expand free school meals to all under-16s where a parent or guardian is in receipt of Universal Credit or equivalent benefit”. “Provide meals & activities during all holidays”. ” Increase the value of Healthy Start vouchers to at least £4.25…

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Veterans slam Labour’s ‘blatant fence sitting’ as Starmer sacks ministers daring to vote against war crimes bill

Military veterans have condemned Labour’s mass abstention from a Commons vote on the Tory Overseas Operations Bill which critics say could decriminalise torture during military operations. Their comments come after a fiery debate in Parliament on 23 September which saw three Labour MPs, including the popular socialist Nadia Whittome, sacked for rebelling against party leader Keir Starmer’s orders to abstain:   Thank you all for your messages of support. My statement below: pic.twitter.com/7pZWFUYZzs — Nadia Whittome MP (@NadiaWhittomeMP) September 24, 2020 Labour’s shadow defence secretary John Healey argued that the bill: creates the risk that the very gravest crimes including torture and other war crimes go unpunished Defence…

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