The Labour Purge

Broke, Bright and British

As soon as the ballot papers began to arrive, it became clear that the Labour establishment was keen to reduce the number of people voting for Corbyn. On August 21, former Labour MP Andrew MacKinlay claimed that the “‘Labour Purge’ wouldn’t be happening if Jeremy Corbyn wasn’t the frontrunner”. He then “hit out at the system” further by asserting that “the architect of these daft [election] rules wasn’t Jeremy Corbyn”.[1] By ““purging” genuine supporters on spurious grounds”, he asserted, there seemed to be a ““ruse” to stop Mr Corbyn winning”. Criticising the way that local politicians were being given lists to check for local dissidents, he insisted that “every MP and councillor has somebody who irritates them”, and that this fact should ‘disqualify’ them “from deciding who should be members of the Labour Party”. Under the current system, however, there was a risk that “Labour politicians could…

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About Ed Sykes

Independent journalist. Co-founder of Phoenix Media Co-operative. Author of Rojava: An Alternative. Ex-Canary editor and writer (2015-2020). Aka 'Oso Sabio' - see @ososabiouk on Twitter.
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