Source: Labour List UK
A number of Labour MPs, peers, trade union general secretaries, members of Labour’s national executive committee and organisations on the left have jointly issued a statement on democracy within the party.
Titled ‘Stand Up for Labour Party Democracy’, the statement calls on the Labour leadership to “reinstate the whip to Jeremy Corbyn” and “end the attacks on party democracy, legitimate discussion and recent wave of suspensions”.
The coalition of Labour left figures, including the leaders of seven party-affiliated trade unions, has said it is “deeply concerned by the Labour leadership undermining party democracy” via a “clampdown on legitimate party discussions”.
Labour general secretary David Evans told local party secretaries, chairs, MPs, MSPs and MSPs in November that motions on the suspension of the whip from Corbyn – including expressions of solidarity – would be “ruled out of order”.
He said such items for debate were “providing a flashpoint for the expression of views that undermine the Labour Party’s ability to provide a safe and welcoming space for all members, in particular our Jewish members”.