How the democratic will of pro Corbyn CLPs are being distorted by various tactics and subterfuges.
One of the main reasons for the damaging shenanigans which has hit the British Labour Party since Corbyn became party leader is clearly illustrated in the piece from Skwawkbox below. While Corbyn and John McDonnell gained and maintain the support of the majority of party members, the party bureaucracy is still controlled by the Blairites and Labour's right wing.
This small unrepresentative group have done all they can to sabotage Corbyn's attempt to turn
the party away from its adherence to neoliberal economics and austerity, which have proven disastrous for many of the party's core working class support.
Loyal party members have found their membership suspended for no better reason than they have challenged the politics and policies of the former leaderships. Some have been members for decades others joined in 2015. In parts of the country the situation is even worse with whole CLP's being suspended, Wallasey, Gorton , and Brighton and Hove, the largest CLP in the country are just three.
During the ongoing Unite leadership contest serious allegations have been made about the LP membership lists being given over to Gerard Coyne, who is campaigning on an anti Corbyn ticket. According to Unite member Ian Allinson who is also standing for the leadership:
Unite members are complaining about the volume of unsolicited emails they are receiving from Coyne. One member suggested that this would-be “union baron” should be called Sir Spamalot. Has Coyne got these details from the Unite membership system? Or are the suggestions that right-wing elements of the Labour Party machine have provided him with membership data correct?
Tom Watson the deputy leader of the LP who appears to have lost all reason in his attempt to damage Jeremy, has been touring the country and TV studios thrashing about in the undergrowth stirring up demoralisation and hatred. Len McCluskey, the incumbent general secretary of Unite, called Labour’s deputy leader a backstabber who lives in a “world of skulduggery, smears and secret plots.” He accused Watson of trying to get Gerard Coyne elected as the next head of the union.
He went on to write on the Huffington Post:
For the last three months I have been touring the country meeting working men and women as I campaign to be re-elected as Unite’s General Secretary.
They are - every last one, no matter whether they support me or not - decent people, committed to doing their best for their families, their workplace and their communities in a troubled world. They are the sort of people who make me proud to be a trade unionist, and proud to be able to help them in their daily struggles.
But there is another world in our movement, alas. A world of skulduggery, smears and secret plots.
That is where you will find Tom Watson. When Labour has needed loyalty he has been sharpening his knife looking for a back to stab. When unity is required, he manufactures division.
The Corbynites have welcomed Len McCluskey's intervention as the attacks on the party leader have been obscene, underhand, unending, and down right cowardly.
The Skwawkbox advices ordinary party members how they can win the party back to a system of democratic accountability where all members are held equally accountable for their actions.