Labour Civil War: Starmer purges hundreds of ‘toxic’ Corbynistas as battle lines drawn
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On Tuesday, Labour’s National Executive Committee decided to proscribe four factions in a meeting held on Zoom. ‘Resist’, ‘Labour Against the Witchhunt’, ‘Labour in Exile’ and the self-professed Marxist group the ‘Socialist Appeal’ were banned for promoting a “toxic culture” within the Labour Party.
Both ‘Resist’ and ‘Labour Against the Witchhunt’ have been accused of anti-Semitism. However, both groups claim such allegations are politically motivated.
The NEC’s ruling has been considered a significant victory by many in Southside.
The removal of ‘Socialist Appeal’ has been touted by many as a historic victory for the Leader of the Opposition’s Office against hard-left entryism. Some have even compared it to Neil Kinnock’s victory in the 1980s against Militant activists.
Similarly, ‘Labour in Exile’ had actively welcomed and enlisted both expelled and suspended members of the Labour Party to their ranks.
Insiders suggest the proscriptions were even passed with decisive majorities.
The narrowest vote was reportedly the one on whether to ban the ‘Socialist Appeal’ but this still passed by 20 votes to 12.
A spokesperson from the Jewish Labour Movement said: “We welcome this decision and the strong political signal it sends – membership of these groups is incompatible with Labour’s values and its drive to tackle antisemitism in our party.”
Yesterday, the former leader Jeremy Corbyn took to Twitter to say: “Today’s proposals to the Labour NEC are divisive and raise the threat of further future attacks on party democracy.”
“Now is the time”, Corbyn continued, “when all of our energy should be concentrated against the Tories and in campaigning for people’s health, jobs and livelihoods.”
Corbyn’s comrade, ex-Chancellor John McDonnell, was equally as damning about Starmer’s actions.
“Standard Blairite fare to try and show how strong a leader you are by taking on your own party but bizarre to do it by expelling people, most of whom have left already. Looks desperate when what is needed is restoration of whip to Jeremy Corbyn, publication of Ford & taking on Tories”, he said.
Whilst the meeting took place on Zoom, far-left activists congregated outside Labour Party HQ to voice their opposition to their imminent expulsion.
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Sabrina Miller from the Guido Fawkes spoke to some of the activists outside Labour HQ, including the former leader’s brother, Piers Corbyn.
Piers Corbyn denied that either he or his brother were anti-Semitic.
But other protesters held banners opposing IHRA, the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance, and another even said “the Israeli lobby paid people” to manufacture claims of anti-Semitism in the Labour Party.
One activist told Miller: “In a party of half a million, you will probably statistically have a few paedophiles. Would you say it’s overrun by them? Of course not. Of course, there will be one or two anti-Semites. I think they found two Holocaust deniers. Who cares?”
The NEC has also agreed to establish a new panel to internally assess whether other fringe groups should be proscribed in the future.
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