Labor freedom of speech against constituency parties
As Guido reported yesterday, the constituency’s Labor branches are currently in an uproar over an edict from headquarters banning requests in support of Jeremy Corbyn. Despite the new rule, many die-hard crank ignore Secretary General David Evans and move on anyway. 36 CLPs support Corbyn, with the result that at least half a dozen local officials have been suspended. The hard left is not happy and goes on about Starmer’s suppression of debate and free speech.
Some searches of Labor history archives show that it is not the first time in recent times that a Labor secretary general has banned requests relating to individual disciplinary cases by left-wing extremists. Under whose leadership has a secretary general restricted this freedom of speech? Miliband? Blair? Kinnock? It’s ……… Jeremy Corbyn, Ban local parties from Support for Chris Williamson:
“Please note that individual disciplinary cases dealt with as part of the NEC dispute settlement process are confidential. Individual case requests are therefore not a competent business for discussion at CLPs and are not discussed by the NEC or associated bodies. “
– Jennie Formby, 2019
Guido can’t remember many of the TrotsApp people who accused Corbyn of suppressing debate and free speech at the time. What goes around comes around.