Our Labour Party Democracy Challenged

Message to Labour Party members and supporters: Many of you will be aware that several thousand members and registered supporters were disenfranchised during the leadership elections. Many have been suspended for alleged misconduct which has not been proven. Others, some local members, simply never received ballot papers.

Our own Vice Chair of the Falmouth Branch, Di Coffey, was suspended in September, removed from post and told she must no longer attend Labour Party events or meetings. At the time she was not given details of her alleged offence or her accuser. A motion urging her reinstatement and condemning this 'purge' was passed (32 for and 1 abstention) at Tuesday 11 October Branch meeting and will be discussed and voted on again at the next Constituency Labour Party meeting on Thursday 20 October.

We are appalled at the actions of a party which seems to at the least, disregard its members, many of whom joined enthusiastically since the General Election, at the worst the Party appears to be intent on creating conflict, and its actions appear self destructive. An extra 400 members have joined Falmouth Branch since May this year - we welcome and value all our members, new and old.  

Recently, our dear friend, Di Coffey aged 76, who was in remission from breast cancer, decided to resign from the Party, unable to cope any more with the anxiety of preparing a 'defence' for a 'crime' she was still unaware of. Cancer feeds on stress and she felt a responsibility to her family not to become ill again. Di has voted Labour all her life, she's a committed socialist and an inspiration. She has dedicated herself to the Party and Jeremy Corbyn's leadership during the past year and Di has greatly valued all the support she has had from her friends and comrades in Party.

I am aware that there may be many of you who have been affected by these erratic and irrational rule interpretations and changes which have occurred during the past few months. It has been an extremely difficult time.

I understand that the NEC are this week notifying constituency parties of local suspensions. We have been warned that CLPs may be asked to disclose information on these members.

Falmouth Branch executive officers WILL NOT TAKE PART in passing on information to the NEC and  we will urge the CLP not do so either. The actions of the NEC have created mistrust. In contrast, we will support our members and wish to safeguard you from any suspect information gathering.

The organisation representing people purged by the party is:

https://stopthelabourpurge.wordpress.com

stopthelabourpurge@gmail.com

https://en-gb.facebook.com/StopTheLabourPurge/

https://twitter.com/hashtag/labourpurge 

We urge you to contact them for advice if you have been affected and for information. We will do all we can to support you and keep you informed.

This situation has brought our Party into disrepute and we must challenge this treatment and create a more democratic Labour party, more respectful of you, and potential voters. Let us work together to make this happen.

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