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Socialist Appeal Claims it is facing ‘purge’ from Labour.

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Rumours and reports are circulating that Socialist Appeal, along with three other left-wing campaigning groups (Note, which ones? They do not say) , are to be officially proscribed from the Labour Party. This is a direct political attack on the left and the ideas of socialism. The whole left must mobilise to fight this purge.

Socialist Appeal.

The Labour Party’s national executive committee (NEC) is scheduled to meet next Tuesday, 20 July. According to various sources, a motion is being proposed by right-wingers on the NEC that would see Socialist Appeal deemed a proscribed organisation.

the motion states that this clause applies to Socialist Appeal and its activists, making support for Socialist Appeal ‘incompatible with membership of the Labour Party’.

The grounds given are that Socialist Appeal has its own programme, membership, and structures; that we are part of an international organisation, the International Marxist Tendency; and that our organisation is a continuation of the Militant Tendency, which was similarly proscribed by the Kinnock leadership in the 1980s.

Finally, the proposed motion suggests that the above clause should apply to anyone who declares themselves a supporter of Socialist Appeal; sells our newspaper, or writes articles for our publications; or runs Socialist Appeal street stalls.

Like many on the left, I cannot stand this bureaucratic sect whose ‘Marxism is rote-learned gibberish in the ‘Militant’ tradition with dollops of Lenin and Trotsky. But to some extent this Blog agrees in general with this statement,

Socialist Appeal, however, has always supported the Labour Party and its candidates. We are not a separate party, but a tendency within the Labour Party and the wider labour movement, organising socialist activists around Marxist ideas.

As with groups like Momentum, our activists are loyal Labour members, who have worked tirelessly to build the party in their local areas; and who have enthusiastically campaigned for Labour in every election.

First they came for the Marxists…

This latest McCarthyite move is therefore the thin end of the wedge. First the right wing will decapitate the left of its most militant layers. And if they are successful in this, next they will come for the rest of the left.

Yet they also call for their own purge of people they disagree with!

Written by Andrew Coates

July 16, 2021 at 6:28 pm

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  1. You can always spot a laptop keyboard that has been used by Socialist Appeal writers. The top left hand key used for the exclamation mark is absolutely knackered from constant overuse………………………

    David Walsh

    July 16, 2021 at 6:34 pm

    • There does seem some basis in fact about their claims – but if the Josh above is who I think he is, they have some barking allies.

      Andrew Coates

      July 16, 2021 at 6:58 pm

      • Apparently there is also a proposal to proscribe Resist, Labour In Exile and Labour Against the Witchhunt.

        Andrew Coates

        July 16, 2021 at 10:45 pm

        • Oh well, if correct that will fill up the pages of the Weekly Worker for some months to come………………

          David Walsh

          July 17, 2021 at 1:04 am

          • War on members
            Hundreds of suspended Labour Party members – victims of an ongoing purge against the left – plan to hold a public shaming of Keir Starmer in London on Tuesday July 20 at 12 noon.

            As one of the organisers of the event, I was chair of my local party of South Thanet until I was suspended in December of last year. That was because, like many other party officers, I allowed my members to debate a motion in support of Jeremy Corbyn. Months later I remain suspended without a clue as to my fate. So many others in our party are in a similar state – it is an appalling situation. That is why we have been driven to this action – to publicly shame the leadership of our party.

            The protestors will be lobbying Labour’s national executive committee, calling for the reinstatement of all unfairly suspended members and the restoration of the whip to former leader Jeremy Corbyn, who lost it in November, and there is no sign of him getting it back. Hundreds of other members have also been expelled or suspended on the flimsiest of grounds. It’s obvious that Keir Starmer and his allies have embarked on a purge on the left in the party.

            Starmer won the leadership promising he would unite the party. That was a lie. In reality he has declared war on most of its members. Last year an internal report was leaked, which included allegations that unelected party officials were actively trying to undermine the leadership of Jeremy Corbyn. Starmer ordered an inquiry into that report which has now been shelved – indefinitely. It’s clear now he never meant the truth to come out.

            What’s happening in the Labour Party has implications for the whole democratic process in Britain. Free speech, justice and democracy are under attack as never before in the Labour Party. Starmer and his allies are flagrantly abusing the disciplinary processes to suppress all dissent. An unrepresentative minority have taken over our party. How can you have a proper party of opposition if it does not represent its members?

            The London protest follows on from a demonstration held outside Labour’s regional offices in Bristol last month, when members protested against what they claimed was a “corruption of democracy” going on in their party, including the alleged rigging of internal elections and “bullying” by local branch bureaucrats and Keir Starmer’s national leadership team.

            Many of the Bristol members will be taking part in the protest in London and will attempt to hand their complaints to a member of the NEC. And there will be more action to come – including at the Labour Party conference in September. This is just the beginning of the fightback. We are fighting for the future of the Labour Party. We won’t stop until we take it back into democratic control.

            The protest will take place at Labour Party head office – 105 Victoria Street, London SW1E 6QT (nearest tube/station: Victoria).

            Norman Thomas

            Labour In Exile Network


            Andrew Coates

            July 17, 2021 at 12:28 pm

  2. Reblogged this on Tory Britain! .


    July 17, 2021 at 1:16 am

  3. Andrew Coates

    July 17, 2021 at 7:14 pm

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