Jeremy Corbyn and free speech: Motions, petitions and statements

We are calling on Labour Party members to continue discussing and passing motions in support of Jeremy Corbyn and in opposition to the attempts to curb free speech and the EHRC report. The more CLPs issue motions, the smaller the chance any sanctions will be issued. 

Send your motions/statements to info@labourleft.org so we can publish them here

Petitions, open letters and statements

(Please note that while we are publishing all resolutions on the issue passed by CLPs, we are not sharing petitions or model motions that call for ‘unity’ with the right, as for example advanced by the Campaign for Labour Party Democracy and Momentum – that is precisely the strategy that has been the key reason for the left’s defeat)

  • LLA petition demanding an end to the witch-hunt against the left – here
  • One-line petition demanding Corbyn’s reinstatement – here
  • Petition launched by three South African anti-apartheid veterans – here
  • Labour Against the Witchhunt: statement on JC suspension here, analysis of the EHRC report here and video of ‘Reinstate Corbyn! Stop the witch-hunt against the left here)
  • Welsh Labour Grassroots statement here
  • Labour Representation Committee here
  • Jewish Voice for Labour here
  • Socialist Appeal model motion here

Labour Party resolutions

Model motion by Labour Left Alliance is available here

Sheffield Local Campaign Forum Executive

The Sheffield LCF Executive stands in solidarity with Jeremy Corbyn, fully supporting his statement in response to the EHRC report, and calls upon the Labour Party nationally to reinstate him to full membership and the Whip without sanction.’

South Thanet CLP (November 27)

This GC calls on the PLP to restore the Labour Whip to Jeremy Corbyn

Nottingham East CLP (November 27)

This CLP demands that:

  • whip restored to Jeremy Corby
  • drop all disciplinary action against members and CLPs for discussing the issue
  • removal of David Evans as General Secretary

Sedgefield CLP (November 27)

Sedgefield CLP asserts that it has no confidence in the Labour Party General Secretary David Evans.

Pendle CLP (November 27)

MOTION OF NO CONFIDENCE IN THE GENERAL SECRETARY OF THE LABOUR PARTY AND DISSAPROVAL OF POLITICAL INTERFERENCE IN DUE PROCESS AND NEC DECISIONS BY THE LEADER OF THE LABOUR PARTY.

1. We believe that the leader’s decision not to restore the whip, following the lifting of Jeremy Corbyn’s suspension by the NEC disciplinary panel, was unfair and did not follow due process or The Party rulebook.
2. We believe that this undermined the NEC panel and constitutes the kind of ‘political interference’ which the EHRC has ruled unlawful.
3. Instead of unifying the Party we believe that recent decisions (including the decision to withdraw the Whip by the Leader of The Party) are alienating members and distracting from the woeful job the government is doing in tackling Covid-19.
4. We call for immediate action in restoring the whip to Jeremy Corbyn and ask that the leader respects any democratically made decisions in future.
5. We strongly believe that Anti -Semitism and any other form of racism has no place in the Labour Party and we will continue to campaign against any form of prejudice.
6. This CLP will continue to campaign for Labour representation in government at all levels.
7. Until Jeremy Corbyn is restored to the Labour whip this CLP resolves not to:
i) pay for or distribute any literature featuring the image or name of Keir Starmer.
ii) pay for or circulate any social media posts featuring the image or name of Keir Starmer.
8. We are offended by the contents of a message from The General Secretary of the Party which seeks to limit our ability to discuss and form an opinion on current issues within the PLP.
We are so perturbed by the action of the General Secretary in sending this message that we no longer have confidence in his ability to act in a democratic manner and we call for his immediate resignation.

Louth & Horncastle CLP (November 27)

1. This CLP welcomes the news that Jeremy Corbyn MP has been reinstated as a Member of the Labour Party and stands in solidarity with him. The CLP calls upon Nicholas Brown (Labour Party – Chief Whip to House of Commons) to formally reinstate the Party Whip to Jeremy Corbyn.
2. This CLP has no confidence in Sir Keir Starmer as Leader, or in David Evans as General Secretary of the Labour Party.
3. This CLP deplores the attempt by the General Secretary to prevent the exercise of free speech and discussion by CLPs, which has no basis in Labour Party rules; and calls for an investigation into the suppression of freedom of speech, how the instruction was disseminated and under what authority.
4. The CLP requests that Sir Keir Starmer formally apologise to Jeremy Corbyn MP for his treatment over the last few weeks and begins to work with the Left to restabilise the Party.
5. This CLP believes that any disciplinary case against a Labour MP or member must be heard under a properly constituted independent disciplinary process, free from political interference or influence from the Leader’s office, the office of the General Secretary, or the Chief Whip.

Morley and Outwood CLP (November 27)

This CLP notes with concern the communication issued this week from the General Secretary which places further restrictions on what CLP’s can discuss. Due to these actions causing a breakdown in trust between members and leadership this CLP proposes a vote of no confidence in the party Leader and General Secretary.

Birkenhead CLP (November 27)

To General Secretary, Keir Starmer and NEC

Birkenhead CLP believes that guidance to CLPs, issued by the General Secretary (12 August, 29 October and 5 November) undermines local party democracy by placing restrictions on the areas of Party business that members can discuss in their meetings.

The guidance conflicts with the Party’s long-standing custom and practice and tradition, whereby both affiliates and CLPs have the right to engage in discussions and adopt positions on matters across the full range of party business and policy. The Labour Party Rule Book, quite correctly, makes no reference to ‘competent business’.

This apparent break with that democratic tradition within our Party is a matter of significant concern.

Therefore, this Constituency Labour Party calls on the General Secretary to withdraw his guidance restricting CLPs’ rights to political debate.

We are a democratic Socialist Party. Party Officials should NOT take it upon themselves to censor members, Branches or CLP’s, in what they can or cannot debate at their meetings. Party officials are meant to serve Party members, not the other way around.

Should the General Secretary refuse to withdraw his edict, then this CLP will mandate its Conference delegates to vote against his endorsement at the next Party Conference, or to refer back any report from the NEC recommending such endorsement.

Second motion: This CLP expresses its solidarity with Jeremy Corbyn.

Jeremy is a lifelong campaigner against racism and antisemitism.

We believe that unity, not division, is important for the Party to make progress and effectively challenge racism, fascism, antisemitism and harassment in whatever form this may take.

This CLP resolves to send this motion to:

  • Our LCF and Regional Executive Committee
  • Party Leader Keir Starmer
  • General Secretary, David Evans
  • And all NEC representatives.

North West Durham CLP (November 27)

To General Secretary, Keir Starmer and NEC
This CLP believes that guidance to CLPs, issued by the General Secretary (12 August, 29 October, 5 November and 26 November) undermines local party democracy by placing restrictions on the areas of Party business that members can discuss in their meetings.
The guidance conflicts with the Party’s long-standing custom and practice and tradition, whereby both affiliates and CLPs have the right to engage in discussions and adopt positions on matters across the full range of party business and policy. The Labour Party Rule Book, quite correctly, makes no reference to ‘competent business’.
This apparent break with that democratic tradition within our Party is a matter of significant concern.
Therefore this Constituency Labour Party calls on the General Secretary to withdraw his guidance restricting CLPs’ rights to political debate.

Ceredigion CLP (November 27)

  1. This CLP notes the General Secretary’s numerous emails to CLP and Branch Secretaries and Chairs informing them that several areas of Party business are “not competent business” for CLPs or Branches to discuss. This conflicts with the Party’s long-standing custom and practice and tradition, whereby both affiliates and CLPs have the right to engage in discussions and adopt positions on matters across the full range of party business and policy. One reason our Party is among the largest in Europe is because internal debate has always been encouraged. Members/CLPs have always been able to freely express their views to the NEC and the Leadership. This apparent break with that democratic tradition within our Party is a matter of grave concern. We accept that on occasions there will be genuine legal reasons that could necessitate restricting open discussion on certain matter(s). This restriction should be approved by the NEC (or its Officers) after consideration of the relevant legal advice. This CLP believes that it is for the elected NEC to decide on those matter(s) that should be restricted. The General Secretary should not be making unilateral decisions of this nature. We therefore call on the NEC to defend the right of CLPs, Branches, and affiliates, to discuss the full range of party issues as per established custom and practice.
  2. Ceredigion CLP notes with concern the decision taken by the Leader of the Labour Party not to restore the Party whip to its former leader Jeremy Corbyn. Jeremy Corbyn was reinstated as a member of the Labour Party on 17th November and we believe the Labour whip must also be restored. We call on Keir Starmer to review this decision immediately and restore the whip to Jeremy Corbyn.
  3. This CLP believes that members have the right to discuss, debate, speak out and show support and solidarity with comrades in the party.  Freedom of speech and democracy are precious to us, it is our core and our strength.  We feel that democracy and freedom to  speak out is being threatened and our rights are being undermined. Regretfully and after much consideration we have decided that we have no confidence in the Labour leader.  We have arrived at this conclusion because: ·         
    • It feels that we are barely functioning because of a dictatorial style of leadership, leading to an oppressive atmosphere. People are no longer confident to speak out in case they are disciplined or suspended. ·         The leadership demonstrates that it does not value the members and priorities are skewed. Our work for the party is taken for granted, and we are not appreciated. We are used and abused. We are indispensable when canvassing at election times, but we are disposable at other times when bigger donors are being courted. We are labelled and derided for our true socialist values. We feel unwelcome in a place where we should be valued.
    • It feels that our party under the leadership of Mr. Starmer is taking us to places that are an anathema to our standards and expectations. The whipping of the PLP to abstain on the ‘Spycops Bill’, the suspension of Jeremy Corbyn, commenting to the media (Andrew Marr) re the disciplinary matter and generally not providing an effective foil to the incompetent Prime Minister.
    • We were promised unity, we get the opposite. We should be supporting ‘Black Lives Matter’, BAME members of the PLP are receiving no visible support. Mr Starmer seems to have some issues with women which has been demonstrated by the treatment of; Rebecca Long-Bailey and Nadia Whittome amongst others. 
    • Mr Starmer appears to be distancing himself from all forms of oppression bar one. On the issue of antisemitism, which we agree is a problem and deserving of action, he appears to be ignoring the valid contribution of Jewish Voice for Labour. It can only be assumed thatthis is because of their support for Jeremy Corbyn.
    • r Starmer authorised compensation without court action for individuals who may yet be found culpable in losing the 2017 election. The Forde report is yet to be published and our members are suspicious that findings will be swept under the proverbial carpet. ·
    • The latest action, denying Jeremy Corbyn the whip, is a betrayal of us all. This CLP therefore declares that it has no confidence in Keir Starmer as Leader of the Labour Party.
Ceredigion CLP utterly condemns the attempts by the Leader, and Labour HQ to silence both Young Labour and specifically its new EC, chaired by Jess Barnard after a stunning success in the recent YL elections.
The CLP notes that
  • As a direct result of Jeremy Corbyn’s leadership, the Labour Party experienced an unprecedented surge in youth membership in the past five years.
  • Jessica Barnard achieved an amazing 71% of the YL vote, on an unambiguously socialist platform.
  • These successes were repeated all across the country by the Socialist future platform.
  • The new Young Labour EC has a stromg mandate from members, and faithfully executed that with their statement on the 21st of November, in support of Jeremy Corbyn
  • The attempted political interference by the Leaders office is in direct opposition to the reccomendations of the EHRC report
The CLP utterly condemns
  • The Leader’s attack on the left, and on the young left more specifically
  • The leader’s attempts to politically interfere with Young Labour and to gag Young Members.
The CLP resolves to
  • Issue a statement in support of Jessica Barnard and the rest of the Young Labour Committee
  • To continually act in solidarity with the Young members of this CLP and others
  • To encourage the growth, strength, and ability to self-organise of Young Labour locally in this CLP
  • To condemn political interference by the leader wherever it happens.
  • To send this motion to the General Secretary and the leader of the labour party

Uxbridge & Ruislip CLP (November 26)

Hampstead and Kilburn CLP (November 26)

Restore the Whip to Jeremy Corbyn
 
To Keir Starmer, Angela Rayner, Nick Brown (Chief Whip) and NEC
 
This CLP notes with concern the decision taken by the Leader of the Labour Party not to restore the Party whip to its former leader Jeremy Corbyn.
 
Jeremy Corbyn was reinstated as a member of the Labour Party on 17th November and we believe the Labour whip must also be restored.
 
We call on Keir Starmer to review this decision immediately and restore the whip to Jeremy Corbyn.
 
We call for all members suspended for refusing to accept that party units could not discuss Corbyn’s suspension to be reinstated.

Hackney South and Shoreditch CLP (November 26)

This CLP confirms it has no confidence in Keir Starmer and Dave Evans, who have demonstrated they are unfit to lead and manage the Labour Party at this time when people desperately need a unified party to take on the conservaties with bold socialist policies.

Bristol East CLP (November 26)

Bristol East CLP expresses its solidarity with Jeremy Corbyn. Jeremy is a lifelong campaigner against racism and antisemitism. We believe that unity, not division, is important for the Party to make progress and effectively challenge racism, fascism, antisemitism and harassment in whatever form this may take. Open, honest debate is the lifeblood of the socialist movement. Bristol East recognises that the right to express views and ideas freely, without fear of interference or persecution, is an essential part of democracy. Respectful debate and conversation helps us challenge discrimination, get rid of intolerance and harmful attitudes, and build strong, positive communities. Bristol East believes that it remains the strength of the Party that members through Branches and CLP are active participants in the fight for a Labour Government. Bristol East therefore call on the NEC to continue to support and champion the strong voice of the membership by respecting the right of CLP’s to decide what is competent business.

This CLP welcomes the decision of the NEC disciplinary panel to end the suspension of Jeremy Corbyn and re-instate him.

Bristol East CLP calls upon the Party Leader to reinstate the whip to Jeremy Corbyn in order for him to continue to carry out his responsibilities as elected Labour Party Member of Parliament for Islington North and to end all political attacks on him and to work for unity in the party.   Finally, we call upon the NEC to reinstate all Party members who have been suspended for speaking out and discussing the suspension of Jeremy Corbyn.

This CLP also notes that on 21st November, the Young Labour National Committee voted to publish a statement opposing the removal of the whip[ from Jeremy Corbyn.  On 23rd November a threatening email was sent to the Chair of Young Labour by a central party official, alleging Young Labour had “misused” Labour “branding” to “provide commentary on factional disputes”.  Bristol East stands in solidarity with young members across the country and condemns any attempts to silence their voices.

Brighton Pavilion CLP (November 26)

To General Secretary, Keir Starmer and NEC
Brighton Pavilion CLP believes that guidance to CLPs, issued by the General Secretary ( 12th August, 29th October and 5th November) undermines local party democracy by placing restrictions on the areas of Party business that members can discuss in their meetings.
The guidance conflicts with the Party’s long-standing custom and practice and tradition, whereby both affiliates and CLPs have the right to engage in discussions and adopt positions on matters across the full range of party business and policy . The Labour Party Rule Book, quite correctly, makes no reference to ‘competent business’.
This apparent break with that democratic tradition within our Party is a matter of significant concern.
Therefore Brighton Pavilion CLP calls on the General Secretary  to withdraw his guidance restricting  local Branches and CLPs’ rights to political debate.
Additionally this CLP notes with concern the decision taken by the Leader of the Labour Party not to restore the Party whip to its former leader Jeremy Corbyn. This further undermines free speech and due process in the Labour Party.
Jeremy Corbyn was reinstated as a member of the Labour Party on 17th November and we believe the Labour whip must also be restored.
We call on Keir Starmer to review this decision immediately and restore the whip to Jeremy Corbyn.

Birmingham Hall Green CLP (November 26)

We call on Keir Starmer to review this decision immediately and restore the whip to Jeremy Corbyn.
This CLP demands the immediate and unconditional restoration of the Labour parliamentary whip to Jeremy Corbyn MP.

Cambridge CLP

This CLP deplores growing censorship in the Party arising from directions by the General Secretary. These interfere with members’ right to freedom of expression under the Human Rights Act and European Convention on Human Rights and the democratic rights of Party membership as stated in the NEC Statement on the Importance of our Members, demands that these directions are withdrawn for scrutiny by the NEC, and urges the General Secretary not to issue such directions in the future without the specific and explicit authority of the NEC or Annual Conference.

Leyton and Wanstead CLP

This CLP expresses its solidarity with Jeremy Corbyn. Jeremy is a lifelong campaigner against racism and antisemitism. We welcome the decision of the national Executive Committee to reinstate him as a member of the Labour Party on 17 November. Given this, we note with concern the Leader of the Labour Party’s decision not to restore the Labour Party whip to Jeremy Corbyn – apparently in breach both of Labour Party rules and PLP Standing Orders.
We call on Keir Starmer, therefore, to immediately restore the whip to Jeremy Corbyn.We believe that unity, not division, is important for the Party to make progress and effectively challenge racism, fascism, antisemitism, Islamophobia, misogyny, sexism, and LGBT+ harassment in whatever form this may take – as well as being able to tackle issues such as child poverty, the housing crisis and the government’s handling of the Covid pandemic.

Heywood & Middleton CLP

This CLP:

  • whole-heartedly supports attempts to combat antisemitism, as it does in relation to all other forms of racism, including Islamophobia;
  • is whole-heartedly committed to welcoming all members, regardless of race or religion;
  • accepts and celebrates diversity of thought and experience amongst our members and is committed to freedom of speech, believing that our Party is strengthened through the free expression of ideas, presented and discussed in an environment devoid of discrimination, harassment and victimisation, and in an atmosphere of mutual trust and respect;
  • believes that an effective complaints process must be fair, impartial and transparent and that decisions on complaints should be made through agreed and specified formal processes, based on a fair and objective assessment of the facts.

In relation to the above principles & beliefs, this Branch / CLP notes the following points from the EHRC Report:

  • That the EHRC Report explicitly confirms the right of Labour Party members to “express their opinions on internal Party matters, such as the scale of antisemitism within the Party, based on their own experience and within the law”.
  • That the EHRC Report further points out that this right is protected under Article 10 of the Human Rights Act.
  • Furthermore, that the EHRC Report also points out that “statements made by elected politicians have enhanced protection under Article 10”.
  • That the EHRC asserts that “there should be no political interference in decisions relating to disciplinary matters”.
  • That the EHRC Report also found that there was “significant evidence of a lack of fair process for respondents in cases of alleged antisemitism”.

In light of the principles evinced by our Branch / CLP and the comments of the EHRC, outlined above, this Branch / CLP:

  1. Believes that the suspension of Jeremy Corbyn is an example of “political interference” in disciplinary processes, defined by the EHRC as “influencing decision-making or taking decisions in complaints outside of established processes” There is no established process for suspension by the General Secretary.
  2. Believes that the right of Jeremy Corbyn to comment on the public perception of the extent of antisemitism within the Party is protected under Article 10 of the Human Rights Act and that, taking disciplinary action against him on this, is a breach of his Human Rights.
  3. Regards Jeremy Corbyn’s suspension as a culmination of incessant attacks from the Party’s right-wing, including some PLP members, and notes that such attacks have been formally condemned by our branch in the past.

As a consequence, this CLP / Branch:

Stands in solidarity with Jeremy Corbyn and calls for his immediate reinstatement to full Party Membership & Restoration of the Whip.

This CLP also notes:

  • the attempts by our General Secretary to deprive us of our right to freedom of speech and the legitimate discussion of “internal Party matters” by decreeing that any such discussion is “not competent business” for branches and CLPs and the threats to take action against Party Members by adding, “the Party will not hesitate to take appropriate action….including against individual members – where our rules & guidance are not adhered to”;
  • that Keir Starmer has repeatedly commented on this issue in public, stating that he supports the suspension of Jeremy Corbyn; that a number of Shadow Cabinet Members and many MPs have also been permitted to comment publicly in support of the suspension, while Labour Party Members are denied the right to even discuss it within the confines of a formal Party Meeting.

In light of the principles evinced by our Branch / CLP, the points noted above, and the comments from the EHRC Report, this Branch / CLP believes:

  1. That if the Leader and other MPs are allowed to publicly express their opinions on Jeremy Corbyn’s suspension, then, in the interests of balance, natural justice and the right to free speech, Party Members have the right to discuss it in principle within the confines & discipline of a formal Party Meeting.
  2. That the General Secretary’s attempts to deny Labour Members the right to discuss this issue, not only contravenes the spirit of freedom of expression and political discussion essential to a democratic party, but also undermines the Party unity Keir Starmer promised to deliver.

As a consequence, this CLP:

urges the General Secretary, and Party Leadership generally, to recognise and respect the rights and integrity of Party Members by “upholding and defending their right to speak freely” and “conduct debate responsibly”. (EHRC)

Greenwich and Dulwich CLP

This CLP welcomes the decision of the NEC disciplinary panel to end the suspension of Jeremy Corbyn and re-instate him. It calls on the NEC to instruct Keir Starmer to  immediately restore the parliamentary whip to the former leader of the LP, end all political attacks on him and work for unity in the party. It also calls for an NEC investigation into his suspension by the General Secretary of the party including the circumstances, reasons and processes surrounding this divisive political decision.

WE call upon our secretaries to write open letters to this effect to the NEC and Keir Starmer.

Liverpool Walton CLP

This CLP welcomes Jeremy Corbyn’s reinstatement as a Labour member. However, we are deeply disappointed by Keir Starmer’s political intervention to remove the Labour whip, effectively excluding Jeremy from the Parliamentary Labour Party.

This CLP therefore calls for the whip to be restored to Jeremy Corbyn immediately.

This CLP offers our solidarity to those party members have been suspended for raising this issue for discussion. They have been punished for expecting to exercise the same rights as members of the Parliamentary Labour Party and our affiliates.

This CLP further believes that guidance to CLPs, issued by the General Secretary (12 August, 29 October and 5 November) undermines local party democracy by placing restrictions on the areas of Party business that members can discuss in their meetings. The guidance conflicts with the Party’s long-standing custom and practice and tradition, whereby both affiliates and CLPs have the right to engage in discussions and adopt positions on matters across the full range of party business and policy. The Labour Party Rule Book, quite correctly, makes no reference to ‘competent business’.

This apparent break with that democratic tradition within our Party is a matter of significant concern. Therefore this Branch/Constituency Labour Party calls on the General Secretary to withdraw his guidance restricting CLPs’ rights to political debate.

Brent Central CLP

Brent Central CLP welcomes the reinstatement of Jeremy Corbyn to the Labour Party.
We believe that Jeremy Corbyn is a man who has for decades championed powerfully the values of anti-racism, internationalism and solidarity, as both a Labour MP and the Leader of the Labour Party. We express our solidarity to him, and all those who have campaigned for his reinstatement.

We therefore deplore Keir Starmer’s unwarranted intervention to deny Jeremy Corbyn’s parliamentary whip. At a time when we should be fighting the pernicious effects of austerity, privatisation and failing capitalism, this decision – which does not seem to be grounded in truth nor justice – greatly damages the labour movement.

We call on Keir Starmer to immediately restore Jeremy Corbyn’s parliamentary whip.

Valley Branch Dyffryn, Aberconwy: Motion of No Confidence in Keir Starmer

This branch believes no one can argue with this quote from Red Labour:

“The right to debate, strike, speak out in support and to show solidarity to others goes to the very soul of the Labour Party. Freedom of speech and democracy are precious but both are increasingly at risk. We must not stand by in silence whilst these hard fought for fundamental rights are ripped away.”

It is therefore with great regret that this branch finds it necessary to list the following actions which are indicative of the Labour leadership’s descent into dictatorship. These actions are designed to remove those members who are prepared to challenge the leadership when it puts the interests of multinationals, economic growth and the so called “national interest” before workers, Trades Unions, solidarity with the oppressed and disadvantaged and world peace:

  1. Whipping the PLP to abstain on the “Licence to Kill Bill” and the “Spycops Bill”. The Labour Party should be making it clear by their actions (not just their words) that they oppose any illegal actions by British Armed Forces and likewise oppose the despicable actions of undercover police officers in the UK.
  2. Commenting on an ongoing disciplinary matter in order to gain political capital when the General Secretary has expressly forbidden it. (Andrew Marr Show, Sunday 1 Nov, after the suspension of Jeremy Corbyn). This gave the impression that the Labour leader is allowed freedom of speech that members are not.
  3. Disassociating himself and the party from the tradition of solidarity with the oppressed peoples and nations of the world. Labour and Starmer should have shown solidarity with Assange and the Black Lives Matter movement. It is not acceptable that there was silence in response to events in Venezuela and Bolivia.
  4. Bullying and authoritarianism (even more so than Tony Blair). Starmer sold out Rebecca Long Bailey (a fervent advocate of the Green New Deal), the members and the previous leader. His latest action, cynically removing the Labour Whip from Jeremy Corbyn, is further evidence of his determination to rid the party of Socialists.
  5. Tackling anti-Semitism and other forms of racism. Starmer refused to support and stand up for Black MPs on the left. He has failed to recognise Jewish diversity by ignoring Jewish Voice for Labour and other Jewish party members who supported Jeremy Corbyn and the socialist policies he promoted. He has allowed himself to be pressured by organisations such as the Jewish Labour Movement, the Board of Deputies and Labour for Israel. He authorised out-of-court settlements, contrary to legal advice, leaving the door open for unlimited claims against the Labour Party.
  6. Complete disregard of Labour Party democracy. The Green New Deal was ratified by the 2019 conference, published in the 2019 manifesto and is supported by 70% of the membership. Replacing it with the “Green Recovery Plan” is a wishywashy, half-hearted, sop to multinationals. The country and the world do not have time to take it easy!!
  7. Starmer’s transition from apparent socialist in the mid 1980’s (pro-bono work with pickets, denouncing the use of ‘paramilitary’ policing methods) to an establishment stooge when Director of Public Prosecutions and as an MP. Starmer failed to protect Julian Assange, increased fines and custodial sentences for benefit cheats, increased powers of arrest for protesters and oversaw CPS involvement in police undercover work in left wing groups. He also refused to indict either the policemen who killed Jean Charles de Menendez or the policeman involved in death of Ian Tomlinson. As an MP he abstained on the 2nd Reading of the 2015 Welfare Bill.
  8. Complete u-turn on his pledge to unite the party and keep the party on the socialist path which very nearly ensured a Labour Government in 2017.

His actions during his first 7 months have promoted factionalism never seen before in the party, in complete contrast to the actions of Jeremy Corbyn when he took over the leadership.

This branch therefore moves that it has no confidence in Keir Starmer as Leader of the Labour Party.

(The branch also unanimously passed a motion demanding the immediate restoration of the whip to Jeremy Corbyn.)

North West Bristol CLP

Bristol North West CLP notes with regret the letter received from one of our members, which reads as follows:

It is with regret that I resign my membership of the Labour Party.

I’m very much behind Darren Jones and will certainly vote for him again as he is a fantastic MP. But I can’t remain a member of the party that has sacked a faithful servant and decent man today.

Jeremy Corbyn’s sacking has been announced with great relish and ceremony which I find distasteful and disgraceful.

I no longer believe that the Labour Party represents the principles I thought it did.

Good luck to you and Darren.

We also note with regret the decision to suspend Jeremy Corbyn as a member of the Labour Party.  The decision is divisive, demoralising and wrong. It will weaken our Party at a time when we need to be strong to resist the harm that Tory Government policies are doing to millions of people.

We, like Corbyn, are opposed to all forms of racism, including Antisemitism and support the Party’s commitment to removing members who feed racism from our ranks. Jeremy Corbyn is not one of these members.

We call on the Party leader and General Secretary – whomever is responsible for the decision – to reinstate Jeremy Corbyn’s membership and to make good on Sir Keir Starmer’s promise to unify the Party.

We further call on the CLP to communicate this message as clearly as possible to our members so that no more of them take the step of resigning their membership.

We thank the EC for representing the members to conduct this honourable vote. We demand that officers are not disciplined as a result.

Bristol West CLP

This CLP notes

1. That the Labour Party has suspended Jeremy Corbyn MP from the party and removed the
parliamentary whip, ostensibly due to his statement regarding the EHRC’s report on antisemitism in the Labour Party.

2. A number of public figures, including but not limited to the leader of the party, the deputy leader of the party, and the Socialist Campaign Group have issued public statements on the suspension and that the SCG has called for reinstatement, yet the general secretary has nevertheless ordered that CLPs cannot do the same.

This CLP believes

3. That Jeremy Corbyn MP is a socialist and life-long fighter against racism inside and outside the Labour Party.

4. That his suspension is a politically motivated attack against the left of the Labour Party by the leadership.

This CLP resolves

5. To condemn Jeremy Corbyn’s suspension and demand his reinstatement to the party.

6. To oppose any and all politically motivated disciplinary actions against the left by the leadership.

7. To send the contents of this motion to the Leader’s Office and the NEC.

8. That the voting numbers for, against or abstain of any motions will be included with any messages sent within the Labour Party.

South Thanet CLP

We are appalled that Jeremy Corbyn has been suspended from the Labour Party and had the whip withdrawn. He has a proud record of fighting all forms of racism including antisemitism. We call on Labour Party members to protest against this unjustified outrage in the strongest terms and through all channels available to us and call on the general secretary to lift this suspension. This is an attack not just on Jeremy, but on the party membership.”

South West Wilts CLP

This CLP calls for Jeremy Corbyn’s suspension from the Labour Party to be lifted and expresses its solidarity with Jeremy Corbyn who is a lifelong campaigner against racism and antisemitism.

We believe that unity, not division, is important for the Party to make progress and effectively challenge racism, fascism, antisemitism and harassment in whatever form this may take. We also ask that the NEC enquire of the General Secretary under what rule the suspension was made.

Ynys Mon CLP

Ynys Mon CLP condemns the suspension of Jeremy Corbyn from the LP & the withdrawal of the PLP whip. Jeremy has a proud record of fighting all forms of racism, including Antisemitism.

We further note that Keir Starmer accepts the EHRC Report, “without qualification” and “will implement it in full”.

As Jeremy stated in his response to the EHRC Report, “ the scale of the problem (of antisemitism) was dramatically overstated for political reasons by our opponents inside & outside the Party,  as well as by much of the media”. It was reported that it was this section of his statement that led to disciplinary action.

However, it is clear from the EHRC Report that the action against Jeremy is in direct conflict with its findings. The Report, in referring to Article 10 of the European Convention on Human Rights states that members are protected who “express their opinions on internal Party matters, such as the scale of antisemitism within the Party, based on their own experience & within the law”

We call therefore, for the sake of consistency, that Jeremy’s suspension is lifted & the PLP whip restored immediately.

Pendle CLP

Pendle CLP is appalled at the suspension without due process of Jeremy Corbyn MP. Although we agree that the recommendations made in the EHRC report should be implemented in full; we also believe that it is any members right to comment on the report or on how the media has reported allegations of anti -Semitism within the Labour Party over the last few years.

We believe that Jeremy Corbyn’s statement following the EHRC report did not break any party rules and the suspension did not follow correct procedure.

We call for the reinstatement of MP Jeremy Corbyn with immediate effect and that an apology is issued.

Blythe Valley CLP

This CLP notes with dismay that the General Secretary of the Labour Party, yesterday felt it necessary to suspend Jeremy Corbyn.

The constitution of the Labour Party does not afford the General Secretary the power to take such unilateral action.

We further note that when questioned by members of the NEC, the General Secretary could not advise the NEC on what breach of the rules Mr Corbyn has been suspended.

This CLP also notes that the past week has seen massive pressure being put on the Government and local MPs over their failure to feed children during school holidays but sadly the media has been distracted from this by what can only be described as political stupidity.

Today’s papers and TV broadcasts are full of Jeremy Corbyn’s suspension and not the failure of the Tories.

This CLP call upon Sir Keir Starmer to lift the vindictive suspension of Jeremy Corby immediately and concentrate on fighting the real opposition, the Tories.

Crouch End CLP

This branch/CLP believes:

1. All LP members must redouble our efforts to eradicate the poison of antisemitism.
2. The EHRC report was an opportunity for the LP to reflect, unite and move forward in this work.
3. Events since its publication threaten all efforts to reunite us so we present a credible alternative to the Tory government.
This branch/CLP notes:
a) Keir Starmer was elected as Labour Party Leader on a platform of unity and maintaining our key policies.
b) Labour is a broad church that fosters discussion and allows members to express political opinions contrary to the views of the party leadership .
c) The joint statement by seven affiliated trade unions -ASLEF, BFAWU, CWU, FBU, NUM, TSSA and UNITE – stating their “serious concerns” about recent developments and calling on Keir Starmer to work with them to restore party unity.
This branch/CLP calls on:
i. All party units and elected representatives of the LP, including the NEC, to take the necessary steps to avert what threatens to become the biggest internal crisis facing Labour in decades.
ii. The Leadership of the party to reverse its divisive course of action and work for party unity so that Labour becomes a credible opposition.
This Branch/CLP affirms that:
We stand in solidarity with Jeremy Corbyn and look forward to him resuming his place in Parliament under the Labour whip as soon as possible.

Kenilworth and Southam CLP

This CLP welcomes the decision of the Party to implement the recommendations  of the EHRC report into anti-semitism in full.

However, we wholeheartedly condemn the decision to suspend Jeremy Corbyn from the Party and remove the Labour Party Whip in response to Jeremy’s  comments with regard to the aforementioned report.

We consider this suspension to be a gravely unjust political act that contravenes the spirit of freedom of expression and political discussion which should inhabit  the Party and undermines Party unity.

We call for Jeremy’s immediate re-instatement to full Party membership and restoration of the Party Whip and resolve to write to the Party chairman and the NEC expressing this opinion.

Wansbeck CLP

Wansbeck CLP notes the recent EHRC report into antisemitism within the Labour Party; further notes the recommendations which the party has agreed to implement and welcomes the commitment of the current leader and his predecessor to do so.

We deeply regret the events of last week which have led to an increase in factionalism and have not helped with the Party’s stated aim of eradicating antisemitism from our movement.

Furthermore we offer our full support to Jeremy Corbyn who is a lifelong campaigner against racism and antisemitism, call on the party to quickly and transparently deal with this high profile case and call for a full investigation into the circumstances of last week to take place so that party members can have confidence in a disciplinary process without factional interference in line with the EHRC recommendations.

The leadership have stated their commitment to unity, it is time party members saw these warm words put into practice.

Oxford Labour Party branch

This [branch/CLP] notes the guidance sent by General Secretary David Evans to local party officers on 5th November 2020. We strongly agree that it is important to protect the integrity and confidentiality of our party’s disciplinary process and to maintain best practice throughout the conduct of any disciplinary enquiry.

It is our view that such best practice, irrespective of the issue concerned or the identity of the member whose conduct is under investigation, must include:

a)   That information about the suspension of a member must not be released to the press and discussed in public by any party members before the member themselves has been informed about the suspension.

b)  That members should not be investigated under the disciplinary process for expressing disagreement with the ruling of a court or other tribunal. Saying that a ruling is mistaken in some way is not equivalent to disobeying it, and to prevent the expression of such opinions is contrary to democratic rights and will prevent proper political debate.

The General Secretary’s guidance refers to an issue which has already been widely discussed in public and in the media. Senior party members have expressed an opinion in public on the issue.

We understand that the Labour Party NEC will be making a formal response to the issue in question, and regret that this response will not be informed by wider party consideration of the very serious issues raised.

The ordinary members of this branch fully endorse the General Secretary’s statement that “our meetings must be conducted in accordance with our rules and guidance and in the spirit of creating an open and welcoming environment for people of all communities and backgrounds”.

However, we believe that all members, not just those in senior national positions, should have the opportunity to engage in responsible debate, within these parameters, about issues of concern to the wider party.  We are particularly concerned that the General Secretary’s statement that, “the Party will not hesitate to take appropriate action – including against individual members – where our rules and guidance are not adhered to, or standards of behaviour fall below that which we expect”, in the context of the national party’s interpretation of those rules on this occasion appearing contrary to our fundamental values of free speech and open debate, uses unacceptably threatening language.

This could be experienced as intimidation by volunteer local officers.

We call upon the General Secretary to withdraw his guidance.

Whitstable Branch, Canterbury CLP

This branch/CLP condemns the suspension of Jeremy Corbyn from the membership of the Labour Party and calls for his immediate reinstatement.

Mablethorpe & Coast Branch Labour Party

Notes with dismay the suspension of Jeremy Corbyn from the Labour Party, and the withdrawal of the Parliamentary Whip, reportedly in response to remarks made within the context of a statement released by Mr. Corbyn following the release on 29th October 2020 of the Equalities & Human Rights Commission report on its investigation into antisemitism in the Labour Party.

Notes that on page twenty-seven of the said report, the following statements appear:

“Article 10 [of the Human Rights Act] will protect Labour Party members who, for example, make legitimate criticisms of the Israeli government, or express their opinions on internal Party matters, such as the scale of antisemitism within the Party, based on their own experience and within the law. It does not protect criticism of Israel that is antisemitic.”

“Statements made by elected politicians have enhanced protection under Article 10.”

Contends that Mr. Corbyn delivered a statement which was respectful, measured and entirely in accordance with his right to free speech under Article 10, and that his suspension in these circumstances is in direct contravention of his rights.

Further contends that in all these circumstances his suspension from the Labour Party is entirely unwarranted and unjustified.

Demands that he be immediately reinstated and the Parliamentary Whip restored; and that a full apology be made for the distress caused to him and to his family.

Castleton Branch,  Heywood & Middleton CLP

This Branch

  • whole-heartedly supports attempts to combat antisemitism, as it does in relation to all other forms of racism, including Islamophobia;
  • is whole-heartedly committed to welcoming all members, regardless of race or religion;
  • accepts and celebrates diversity of thought and experience amongst our members and is committed to freedom of speech, believing that our Party is strengthened through the free expression of ideas, presented and discussed in an environment devoid of discrimination, harassment and victimisation, and in an atmosphere of mutual trust and respect;
  • believes that an effective complaints process must be fair, impartial and transparent and that decisions on complaints should be made through agreed and specified formal processes, based on a fair and objective assessment of the facts.

In relation to the above principles & beliefs, this Branch / CLP notes the following points from the EHRC Report:

  • That the EHRC Report explicitly confirms the right of Labour Party members to “express their opinions on internal Party matters, such as the scale of antisemitism within the Party, based on their own experience and within the law”.
  • That the EHRC Report further points out that this right is protected under Article 10 of the Human Rights Act.
  • Furthermore, that the EHRC Report also points out that “statements made by elected politicians have enhanced protection under Article 10”.
  • That the EHRC asserts that “there should be no political interference in decisions relating to disciplinary matters”.
  • That the EHRC Report also found that there was “significant evidence of a lack of fair process for respondents in cases of alleged antisemitism”.

In light of the principles evinced by our Branch / CLP and the comments of the EHRC, outlined above, this Branch / CLP:

  1. Believes that the suspension of Jeremy Corbyn is an example of “political interference” in disciplinary processes, defined by the EHRC as “influencing decision-making or taking decisions in complaints outside of established processes” There is no established process for suspension by the General Secretary.
  2. Believes that the right of Jeremy Corbyn to comment on the public perception of the extent of antisemitism within the Party is protected under Article 10 of the Human Rights Act and that, taking disciplinary action against him on this, is a breach of his Human Rights.
  3. Regards Jeremy Corbyn’s suspension as a culmination of incessant attacks from the Party’s right-wing, including some PLP members, and notes that such attacks have been formally condemned by our branch in the past.

Highgate Branch, Hornsey & Wood Green CLP

This branch expresses its solidarity with Jeremy Corbyn.  Jeremy is a lifelong campaigner against racism and antisemitism.  We believe that unity, not division, is important for the Party to make progress and effectively challenge racism, fascism, antisemitism and harrassment in whatever form this may take.

Glossopdale Branch, High Peak CLP

This Branch/CLP expresses its solidarity with Jeremy Corbyn. Jeremy is a lifelong campaigner against racism and antisemitism. We believe that unity, not division, is important for the Party to make progress and effectively challenge racism, fascism, antisemitism and harassment in whatever form this may take.

St Michael’s Branch, Liverpool Riverside CLP

  1. This branch expresses its solidarity with Jeremy Corbyn. Jeremy is a lifelong campaigner against racism and antisemitism. He is a man of absolute integrity whose life has been dedicated to fighting injustice. We believe that unity, not division, is important for the Party to make progress and effectively challenge racism, fascism, antisemitism and harassment in whatever form this may take.
  2. This Branch believes that guidance to CLPs, issued by the General Secretary (12 August, 29 October and 5 November) undermines local party democracy by placing restrictions on the areas of Party business that members can discuss in their meetings.The guidance conflicts with the Party’s long-standing custom and practice and tradition, whereby affiliates, CLPs & BLPs have the right to engage in discussions and adopt positions on matters across the full range of party business and policy. The Labour Party Rule Book, quite correctly, makes no reference to ‘competent business’.This apparent break with that democratic tradition within our Party is a matter of significant concern.There are concerns that the actions of the General Secretary in respect of unilateral use of suspension and member’s money, have been ‘Ultra Vires’ (an act which requires legal authority but is done without it) and could therefore be an abuse of the member’s contract within the Labour Party. This branch demands clarification on whether the General Secretary can unilaterally make decisions without the authorisation of the NEC.This Branch Labour Party also calls on the General Secretary to withdraw his guidance restricting Party units’ rights to political debate. Further, this branch calls on Riverside CLP to support this resolution.

Labour for Irish Unity

Labour for Irish Unity is appalled that Jeremy Corbyn has been suspended and had the whip withdrawn. He has a proud record of fighting all forms of racism, including antisemitism, and standing up for the Irish community in Britain as well as fighting British injustices in Ireland. Labour for Irish Unity calls on all Labour Party members including affiliated Socialist Societies and Trade Unions, to protest against it, in the strongest terms and through all channels available to us, and to call on the Labour leadership to lift this suspension.

Liverpool Walton CLP executive committee

Declared its solidarity with Jeremy Corbyn and is forwarding a motion to the regional executive.

Leicester South, Harboro and Loughborough (motion to be moved)

This CLP believes that an effective complaints process must be fair, impartial and transparent. Decisions on complaints should be made through specified formal processes, based on a fair and objective assessment of the facts.

This CLP notes that the EHRC report explicitly confirmed the right of Labour Party members to ‘express their opinions on internal Party matters, such as the scale of anti semitism within the Party, based on their own experience and within the law’. This right is protected under article 10. Statements made by elected politicians have enhanced protection under article 10..

This CLP further notes that the EHRC unequivocally asserted that “there should be no political interference in decisions relating to disciplinary matters.”

Finally this CLP notes that the EHRC concluded that there was ‘significant evidence of a lack of fair process for respondents’ in cases of alleged anti semitism.

In the light of these comments by EHRC this CLP believes that the suspension of Jeremy Corbyn was a clear example of ‘political interference’ in disciplinary processes, defined by EHRC as ‘influencing decision-making or taking decisions in complaints outside of established processes.’ There is no established process for suspension by the General Secretary.

We further believe that the right of Jeremy Corbyn to question the extent of anti semitism within the party was protected under Article 10 of the Human Rights Act and that taking disciplinary action against him on this was was a breach of his Human Rights.

As a consequence we call for the immediate reinstatement of Jeremy Corbyn to membership in the Labour Party.

We also call for the revocation of all contested expulsions and suspensions from the party in the light of the finding of the EHRC that there was a significant lack of fair process for responding in cases of allegations of anti semitism. All such cases should be re-heard under fair, transparent and approved procedures as a matter of urgency.

Kilburn branch of Hampstead & Kilburn CLP (motion going forward)

The Labour Party’s decision to suspend former leader Jeremy Corbyn from the party is an injustice.
Corbyn’s comments on the EHRC report, whether you agree or disagree with him, are a political statement a few sentences long. They are not a valid cause for suspension from the Labour Party.
Worse, this suspension appears to be a pretext to purge Corbyn and the left, and delegitimise left wing politics more broadly.
With the government in crisis, this is no time for Labour to turn on itself. This further division benefits no one but the Conservatives.
We believe Corbyn and his supporters represent a legitimate stream of opinion within the party.
We call for the immediate reinstatement of Jeremy Corbyn.