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Across Britain last night, local Labor parties passed motions opposing Keir Starmer’s decision to deny Labor whip Jeremy Corbyn – the largest rebellion against Starmer’s leadership to date Civil war within Labor intensifies

Keir Starmer at Westminster Cathedral on January 31, 2020 in London, England (Hollie Adams / Getty Images)

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Last night, the popular campaign to reinstate Jeremy Corbyn’s whip came to a head when Constituency Labor Parties (CLP) across Britain passed motions of support, often in defiance of threats from officials in the left

Liverpool Walton, the constituency with the highest Labor vote in the country, was the first to announce its results – an overwhelming majority in favor with just one vote against They were quickly followed by Camberwell and Peckham CLP in London, where the president and secretary had been given warnings by region to debate the motion

As the night continued, voting rolled out from across the country: Edinburgh Central in Scotland; London constituencies: Kingston and Surbiton, Dulwich and West Norwood and Brent Central; Rushcliffe outside Nottingham; Penrith and the Border, Bristol South, Newcastle Central and Bolton North East

These follow a unanimous vote in Jeremy Corbyn’s CLP in Islington North on Wednesday evening in favor of his full reinstatement in the Parliamentary Labor Party (PLP) Another motion that evening thanked the range of CLPs – from Cardiff North to Hastings, Hull and Carlisle – who had passed the Labor Party’s Campaign for Democracy (CLPD) motions backing Corbyn over the past ten days

Another of those who passed a similar motion was Bristol West, where the chairman and co-secretary were suspended by the party for holding the discussion These Southside attacks on Labor members and their right to discuss major political developments in their party are likely to continue as a wave of constituencies defy the muzzle to table motions in all parts of the country

In another warning to Keir Starmer and his management team, Richmond Park – who had been the first PLC in the country to propose Starmer as the head of the Labor Party – also passed a motion of support for Corbyn It demonstrated that it was not just the strongholds of the left where the campaign attracts support; the meeting had one of the highest attendance rates since that leadership vote earlier this year

Despite all this, Jeremy Corbyn was told last night that his whip’s suspension would last for three months – and that the Parliamentary Labor Party would investigate his statement The terms of such an investigation, when all the evidence is in the public domain and has been discussed at length in party structures and in the national press, remain to be seen.

The move amounts to the latest ad-lib approach by the Labor leadership to the suspension of Corbyn – who was first leaked to the media before being briefed, then released without any clear indication of the rule he had breached, overturned by a politically neutral disciplinary panel of the National Executive Committee (NEC) after Starmer’s allies expedited the case, only to be instinctively reinstated (at least in the PLP) by Starmer himself Now, it is the subject of a legal challenge

If this all sounds like a wacky mess, that’s because it is – but Keir Starmer remains determined to dig in and as long as he does, the motions will continue in CLPs across the country, with all likelihood there will be further suspensions as Starmer and his team launch a war against the members who elected him just a few months ago – and they will soon ask to help the party elect candidates for the May local elections Unite, the Union of Communication Workers (CWU) and the Union of Firefighters (FBU) are considering refusing funding for these competitions

This is the inevitable consequence of a Labor leadership which, since its debut in April, seems more eager to attack the left than to hold a conservative government to account for catastrophic neglect This could attract favorable coverage in the right-wing press – undoubtedly the purpose of the exercise – but it is increasingly clear that from this point on it will also mean an escalation of the civil war in the party. , a demoralization of its base and a fraying of its links with the trade union movement

With the saga set to rumble for another twelve weeks, the question will surely be asked even by the middle sections of the Labor Party – is it worth it, Keir?

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Last night, the popular campaign to reinstate Jeremy Corbyn’s whip came to a head when Constituency Labor Parties (CLP) across Britain passed motions of support, often in defiance of threats from officials in the left Liverpool Walton, the constituency with the highest Labor vote in the country, was the first to announce its results – a […]

Last night, the popular campaign to reinstate Jeremy Corbyn’s whip came to a head when Constituency Labor Parties (CLP) across Britain passed motions of support, often in defiance of threats from officials in the left Liverpool Walton, the constituency with the highest Labor vote in the country, was the first to announce its results – a […]

Last night, the popular campaign to reinstate Jeremy Corbyn’s whip came to a head when Constituency Labor Parties (CLP) across Britain passed motions of support, often in defiance of threats from officials in the left Liverpool Walton, the constituency with the highest Labor vote in the country, was the first to announce its results – a […]

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Source: https://jacobinmag.com/2020/11/uk-labour-party-keir-starmer-jeremy-corbyn-clps-suspension