This branch/CLP notes
- Jeremy Corbyn was absolutely right in the comments that got him suspended: “One antisemite is one too many, but the scale of the problem was also dramatically overstated for political reasons by our opponents”.
- Corbyn is the latest victim in a witch-hunt against the left, which started as soon as he was elected leader of the Labour Party. Hundreds of socialists and Corbyn supporters have been suspended and expelled for comments that often do not amount to much more than what Corbyn said.
This branch/CLP believes
- While the genuine left of the party wholeheartedly want to eradicate all forms of racism in society, such efforts have been overshadowed by a campaign by the right inside and outside the party, which was never about fighting antisemitism; itwas a campaign designed to get rid of Corbyn and make sure that the Labour Party becomes once again a safe “second Eleven” that could run Britain on behalf of capitalism and follow the US into any new military adventure.
- All manifestations of racism, antisemitism and Islamophobia must be combatted – which is most effectively achieved by a culture of free speech and open debate.
This branch/CLP resolves
- To write to Keir Starmer and the NEC to demand the immediate reinstatement of Jeremy Corbyn, as well as an apology.
- To call on the Socialist Campaign Group of Labour MPs to come out fighting in support of Jeremy Corbyn and take a lead in fighting the witch-hunt against the left.
- To demand the immediate and radical overhaul of the party’s complaints and disciplinary procedures so that disciplinary procedures are carried out in accordance with the principles of natural justice, and be time-limited: charges not resolved within three months should be automatically dropped. An accused member should be given all the evidence submitted against them and be regarded as innocent until proven guilty. All disciplinary cases processed during the last five years have to be overturned, pending unbiased re-examination.
- To campaign to bring to justice those who have been exposed in the ‘leaked report’ as having worked against the aims of the Labour Party
- To oppose the party implementing the Board of Deputies’ 10 Pledges, as they undermine party democracy.
- To campaign to overturn the party’s commitment to the so-called definition of antisemitism by the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance, which conflates anti-Zionism with antisemitism in a number of its examples.