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Daily Mirror: Labour Against The Witch-hunt and Socialist Appeal among groups Labour is set to Proscribe.

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Keir Starmer set to expel 1,000 far left Labour members in four ‘poisonous’ groups

EXCLUSIVE (as in widely trailed by SA and sites like this Blog)

Labour Against The Witchhunt and Socialist Appeal are among the groups to be proscribed by the party’s ruling body as the leader bids to stamp out “toxic extremism”

Keir Starmer is preparing to purge far left Labour members part of “poisonous” campaign groups in a bold confrontation with operators loyal to Jeremy Corbyn.

Labour ‘s ruling National Executive Committee will be asked to proscribe four “toxic” organisations which promote communism, claim anti-Semitism allegations are overblown and demand whips restore Mr Corbyn as a Labour MP.

Those to be banned include Resist and Labour Against the Witchhunt, which claim anti-Semitism allegations were politically motivated, and Labour In Exile, which expressly welcomes expelled or suspended members.

The openly communist Socialist Appeal will also become a forbidden group.

The Mirror understands anyone found to be a member of any group will be automatic expelled from the Labour Party.

The plans on the agenda at the NEC meeting on Tuesday are expected to pass and more than 1,000 members could be “auto-excluded” as a result.


A Labour spokesman said: “Labour is a broad, welcoming and democratic party and we are committed to ensuring it stays that way.

“From time to time, there are groups the NEC will proscribe. The NEC will be asked on Tuesday to consider whether these four organisations are compatible with Labour’s rules or our aims and values.”

Questions continue to be asked about whether Mr Corbyn will continue to sit as the independent MP for Islington North.


This Blog is totally opposed to ‘purges’ – people of sick of this kind of politics as much as we are of Labour Against the Witch-hunt.

It is not a good move. Just because Socialist Appeal are not highly regarded it is not right in principle to suppress ‘Communists’ who are in fact (dogmatic) Trotskyists opposed to Stalinism. That ban is directed against a very minor cult. The other targets are much more wide-ranging Apart from the principles involved – democratic socialists defeat people politically by argument and debate not by bureaucratic means and this violates such norms – it is hard to see how it could be put into practice. To begin with, given the hard to pint down affiliations of people supporting network groups like LAW and the other named organisations (., Labour In Exile, & Resist) it is a potential nightmare of dispute and court cases.

Note Keir Starmer’s own past, at his event held by Tendance marxiste-révolutionnaire internationale (TMRI).

Written by Andrew Coates

July 17, 2021 at 7:59 pm

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  1. Reblogged this on Tory Britain! .


    July 17, 2021 at 8:15 pm

  2. We are hearing alarming reports that the July 20 meeting of the Labour Party NEC will discuss a motion proposing the proscription of four left-wing groups: Labour Against the Witchhunt, Labour in Exile Network, Socialist Appeal and Socialist Resistance (Daily Mirror article here)

    We are holding an emergency meeting tomorrow evening with other Labour Left groups to discuss the possibility of a joint defence campaign. We are also proposing to hold an emergency meeting of all members of Labour Against the Witchhunt next Saturday, July 24 at 6pm to discuss our response to this dangerous development. More details below.

    We have yet to see the wording of the motion. Apparently, according to an article on the website of Socialist Appeal (here), the motion states that membership of the four groups is “incompatible with membership of the Labour Party”, as they have their own programme, membership, and structures. But the purpose of that constitutional clause is to exclude people from Labour membership who campaign against the Labour Party; and/or who actively support political organisations or candidates who stand against the Labour Party.

    None of our organisations do that. The same cannot be said for the right-wing factions within Labour. Progress, Labour First and the Jewish Labour Movement have consistently and openly campaigned against Labour under Corbyn’s leadership and the JLM even refused to support Labour candidates at the 2019 general election – there is enough evidence of this in the ‘leaked report’. Yet none of these groups are threatened with proscription.

    This will not be the final effort by Keir Starmer to attack and get rid of the left – this is just the latest salvo in his full-blown attack on what remains of the pro-Corbyn left in the Labour Party. We have seen a very dangerous silencing of free speech and democracy in the Labour movement, with whole branches and CLPs being suspended and whole areas of discussions being suppressed or ruled out of order, including legitimate demands to express no confidence in Starmer and David Evans. False charges of ‘antisemitism’ have been used to prevent any discussion or expression of solidarity with Palestinians.

    There should be no room for automatic expulsions without due process, everybody deserves the right to a hearing. The whole left must stand in active solidarity with these four organisations and oppose this latest purge. No doubt, other groups will be added to the list, should this first round of proscriptions go through without a hitch.


    Andrew Coates

    July 17, 2021 at 8:45 pm

  3. Proscribing membership of the ‘Labour In Exile Network’ seems counter intuitive as – by definition – the group is made up of expelled members, most of whom probably have no real interest in rejoining anyhow. Ditto, Chris Williamson’s sectlet, Resist(ance) which is formally operating outside Labour in any case.

    David Walsh

    July 18, 2021 at 12:47 pm

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