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The Resist! Event

EXCLUSIVE: Thousands of exiled Labour members could form new political party

Members of the far-left organisation Labour Against the Witch-Hunt, which campaigns to put an end to the wave of suspensions and expulsions of Labour Party members by the current leadership, have vowed to continue their cause – possibly even forming a new party – during an emergency meeting held on Saturday evening via Zoom.

The Steering Committee instructed the group’s members to lie if asked about their membership of any proscribed organisations, with one member commenting in response that “some people deserve to be lied to”.

(Note they talked of using ‘cadre names’ as well).

Ms Werkmann argued during the call that the constitutional clauses used by the NEC to proscribe these organisations were “supposed to exclude people from the Labour Party who campaign against the Labour Party, and who actively support political organisations or candidates who stand against the Labour Party – we don’t do that”.

She added that in her view, however, various right-wing factions within the party did in fact do exactly this under Jeremy Corbyn’s leadership, but had not been proscribed.  She also encouraged members who had not yet been expelled to “stay and fight, and make sure that the next time we get as close to the levers of power in the Labour Party as Corbyn did, we will not be tempted to appease the Right, but fight them with everything we have”.

But another proscribed group, the Labour In Exile Network – which is run by many of the same people as Labour Against the Witch-Hunt – has indeed begun organising ‘Shadow CLPs’, which are alternative structures designed to replicate local Labour Party organisations for those who have been suspended or expelled, and expressed a desire to print their own membership cards.


The group will be organising an event called Resist!, to be held in Brighton in parallel with the Labour Party Conference, as a ‘counter-Conference’.  Several of the proscribed organisations have also formed a new initiative called Defend the Left in protest.

It also voted through a motion to consider merging the two organisations of Labour Against the Witch-Hunt and the Labour In Exile Network together during this meeting.

This of course is one those “exclusives” that has been common knowledge all day,

David Walsh writes on Tendance Coatesy,

And with the inevitability of Halley’s Comet returning from its sojourn in the Oort Belt beyond Pluto, is the chimera of yet another mini-‘mass left party’ outwith Labour being canvassed. This time it was from last weekend’s zoom conference of “Labour Against the Witchhunt’ where a formal move to unite with LIEN was agreed, and where the bolder spirits, including the Brighton one-man intifada called for it to become yet another party in the left’s alphabet soup. One for a new post ? See the meeting notes and links here; https://docs.google.com/document/d/1_io3fuZgUOdgBAMQ6bgN0z_ZUuVGo3PPS7PnMiBrpnk/edi

The likelihood of this coming to anything is about as probable as the Campaign for a Marxist Party creating a new left-wing party in the early years of the new millenium.

In my view the CPGB (note Weekly Worker group, the same people and their fellow travellers at the centre of LAW etc) were never interested in building a broad, democratic and open Campaign for a Marxist Party right from the start. They had a Machiavellian calculation of what they could get out of it – if anything – and saw any growth in the CMP as a potential rival to itself, rather than as an ally in building a mass movement where they would be one section.

Written by Andrew Coates

July 26, 2021 at 4:51 pm

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  1. Reblogged this on Tory Britain! .


    July 26, 2021 at 5:31 pm

  2. Oh dear, oh dear, oh dear …

    Jim Denham

    July 26, 2021 at 6:03 pm

    • Most people would pay good money not to be in the same room as some of this crew, beginning with Greenstein.

      A Cde comments, “3 days at the Rialto would be pretty expensive from what I’ve heard, incidentally. Their supporters must have reasonably deep pockets.”

      Andrew Coates

      July 26, 2021 at 6:48 pm

  3. Andrew Coates

    July 27, 2021 at 2:38 pm

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