June 25: Protest in Bristol

This was covered in the Morning Star here

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For democracy in the Labour Party! Protest at the next Labour NEC meting on July 20!

How nice of the Jewish Chronicle to help mobilise for this event!

12 noon, Tuesday 20 July
Location: Labour Party Head Office, 105 Victoria Street, London SW1E 6QT. Nearest tube/station: Victoria

The time has come to make our voices heard! We need to speak out against the huge injustices which hang over our party.

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Video: Not the Forde Enquiry (June 5 2021)

In May 2020 Keir Starmer asked the barrister Martin Forde to investigate an explosive leaked Labour Party report which included outrageous allegations of racism, hyper-factionalism and even electoral sabotage by party officials. It also seemed to show how the Corbyn leadership tried to appease the right, leading for example to the expulsion of Jackie Walker and the resignations of Chris Williamson and Ken Livingstone.

But over a year later the Forde Inquiry still hasn’t reported. Many people believe Forde’s findings are being suppressed because the party’s leadership wants to bury the truth. But we’re not going to let that happen.

That’s why we held the “Not The Forde Inquiry”, to give people the chance to say in public what they would have told the inquiry if they’d had the chance.

Testifying to the inquiry were:

  • Jackie Walker
  • Chris Williamson
  • Graham Bash
  • Leah Levane
  • Tina Werkmann
  • Rebecca Massey
  • Kevin Bean
  • Greg Hadfield and many many more
  • The inquiry also heard a special message from film director Ken Loach

Anyone who wants to put a question or comment to the inquiry can email it to us on info@labour-in-exile.org or just do it in person on the day. Whistleblowers are particularly welcome!

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JUST SAY NO! to antisemitism training by the JLM

Joint statement by Labour Against the Witchhunt, Labour Campaign for Free Speech, Labour Left Alliance and Labour in Exile Network

Why you should NOT participate in the JLM ‘training sessions’ on antisemitism

A number of Labour Party members and role holders have been invited by general secretary David Evans to participate in online training sessions named “Understanding Antisemitism”.

Here are some reasons why we urge Labour Party members NOT to participate:

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Model motion to LP conference: Abandon IHRA and adopt the Jerusalem Declaration!

This motion has been drafted as a model motion to go to Labour Party conference 2021, but it can be tweaked for other purposes. Please note that this has to go through your branch first, then your CLP and needs to be submitted to the NEC by September 13 in order to be heard at Labour Party conference. Remember that a CLP can either submit a rule change (which needs to be submitted by June 11) or a ‘contemporary’ motion like this one.

1. We note

1.1. That the ‘working definition’ published by the IHRA (International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance) has been rejected by numerous legal practitioners and academic scholars , because it conflates anti-Zionism and anti-Semitism and has been used to ‘chill’ freedom of speech on campuses.

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Labour Party conference 2021: Motions and campaigns

If you are (still) a Labour Party member, please try to become a delegate to this yer’s conference (September 25-29, Brighton). There are few important things left-wingers can campaign around:

1. David Evans will have to be ratified by conference as the new general secretary – the more delegates from the CLPs and unions vote against him, the bigger the impact.

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URGENT: Model Resolution for LP conference on ‘Fast track’ Disciplinary Procedures

Please move this in your CLP asap – the deadline for rule changes to be received by the Labour Party is June 11. Please remember that you need to send all motions to your CLP secretary in advance of the meeting (one or two weeks).

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May 15, 6pm Second fight-back meeting

Detailed agenda to follow – register here.

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We’re not leaving Labour, Labour has left us!

Almost 1,500 people have been involved in Labour In Exile’s first fightback meeting on Saturday 27 March.

More than 550 people registered for our Zoom meeting and the rest watched via Facebook, many of them live. You can watch the video below. People from across the country, including comrades who have been expelled and suspended as well as many still in the Labour Party, spoke about their opposition to the assault on democracy by the current leadership.

In the first part of the meeting we heard reports about how comrades are carrying on the struggle for socialism and free speech by setting up “shadow” or “ghost” CLPs. The second part of the meeting saw the launch of eight fightback working groups. These will tackle everything from  transforming the Labour Party and analysing the witch-hunt to engaging with the media and the weaponisation of antisemitism.

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Right of reply/counterstatement: Jewish Chronicle

Re your article: Corbyn supporters threaten to ‘take care of’ Jewish activists (https://www.thejc.com/news/uk/corbyn-supporters-threaten-to-take-care-of-jewish-activists-1.513100)

There are a number of factual errors and misleading references in your article, which we ask you to correct immediately and publicly in the article above.

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Results from our Launch Conference, February 27 2021

Over 200 people actively participated in our founding conference, see below an overview of all decisions taken.

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Video: What’s happening with the purge in the Labour Party – and how can we fight back?

Please fill in our survey, which is mentioned in the video by clicking here

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Suspended? Expelled? Disciplined? Fill in our witch-hunt survey!

As part of the fight-back against the witch-hunt of socialists from the Labour Party, LIEN is conducting a survey of all members of the network in order to determine the extent of the number of suspensions, resignations and expulsions since 2015 when Jeremy Corbyn was elected leader. By building up a detailed picture of the mass purge we will be in a stronger position to take counter-action, including legal action if necessary. The more members who participate, the greater will be the weight of the outcomes, so your cooperation in this survey will be much appreciated.

Please click here to start the survey

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Why I became involved in LIEN

Watch this powerful testimony by Benjamin Davy, suspended member from Plymouth CLP, who explains why he has become involved in the Labour in Exile Network. There are many more comrades who feel similarly and we have already posted some of them on our website here – please send us your video and/or short article!

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Graham Bash: We are in the eye of a storm

“WE ARE IN THE EYE OF A STORM”

This is the text of a speech given by GRAHAM BASH at a meeting “The Labour Party, Free Speech and Democracy” held on Saturday 30 January 2021. Graham Bash has been a Labour Party member for 52 years, and is the political officer for Jewish Voice for Labour. Graham speaks in a personal capacity about how the Left should respond to the current attack on free speech in the Labour Party.

I want to make two basic points:

First, this attack on free speech is unprecedented in my lifetime.

Secondly, although we are facing and fighting this attack primarily in the Labour Party, it is an issue that goes well beyond the Labour Party.

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Some of our stories

https://labourbriefing.org/blog/2020/11/26/eqg84kupwxapceb3awfhedjms04zkm

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Starmer must come clean about Israeli spy

PRESS RELEASE

JANUARY 16 2021

SUSPENDED LABOUR MEMBERS CHALLENGE STARMER TO COME CLEAN ABOUT EX ISRAELI SPY

Suspended and expelled members of the Labour Party are challenging leader Keir Starmer to come clean about the alleged hiring of a former Israeli “cyber spy” to work for the party.

The Labour in Exile Network (LIEN) Group has discovered that Assaf Kaplan who previously worked for Israeli intelligence, has been apparently trying to monitor its activities by means of social media.

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Petition: Notice of non-cooperation!

Please sign this petition online here

TO THE LEADER AND THE NATIONAL EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE OF THE LABOUR PARTY

We the undersigned members of the Labour Party demand:

• the restoration of the whip to Jeremy Corbyn;

• the reinstatement of all Labour Party members wrongly suspended or expelled since the appointment of the current general secretary;

• a review of all previous suspensions and expulsions imposed during the previous leadership;

• a root and branch reform of the deeply flawed complaints and disciplinary processes of the party;

• and an immediate restoration of the right of constituency parties to freely discuss and pass motions on political issues as they see fit.

Until these demands are met we will pursue a policy of non-cooperation with the party’s general secretary, regional officials and the governance and legal unit, and we will absolutely refuse to comply with any advice, guidance or instructions from any of the above which we consider unfair and discriminatory.

As members of the labour movement we are taking immediate, collective action in solidarity with our comrades who have been unfairly punished.

Please sign this petition online here

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LIEN general leaflet

Download here in PDF format

We are a new kind of non-geographical Constituency Labour Party (modeled on the Labour International CLP), for all those who no longer feel that they are welcome in the Labour Party.

Hundreds, if not thousands, of people have been suspended or expelled from the Labour Party. It began under Jeremy Corbyn with the fake ‘anti-Semitism’ campaign whose aim was to protect the Israeli state from criticism.

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The Labour witch-hunt – our questionnaire

Brief report on anonymised responses to the LIEN Witch-Hunt Analysis Group questionnaire, which you can fill in here.

Prepared by Neil Todd, 5th April, 2021

You can download the report as a PDF file here.

ACTIVITY. Thus far we’ve had 30 responses. The respondents are predominantly from the south of England (73%) with no representation from East Midlands, Wales or Scotland. The vast bulk of them (60%) were 2015 joiners/rejoinders who became very active members (86%) with about 50% having held positions of office or who had been delegates.   

INVESTIGATION AND JUDGEMENT. Currently 63 % (19/30) are or have been under investigation, mostly from 2018 onwards and peaking in 2020, with 15 suspended, three expelled and three resigned. In total 19 of the 30 respondents had been suspended or disciplined in some manner. Of these 12 held positions of office or where delegates.  By far the largest category of “charge” was under Chapter 2, clause 1.8 of the Rule Book. None of the recent cases were given an NCC hearing. 

IMPACT. About 21% (four of the 19 respondents suspended or expelled) were contacted by journalists. In terms of the effect of mental health, there are two distinct groups. About 30% did not experience ill effects, but about 55% experienced serious mental health effects. Eight of the 19 respondents suspended or expelled made SAR requests, but only one received a response. 

FUTURE. Most respondents who haven’t been expelled or resigned are planning to remain. The most popular left groupings are LLA and Momentum. Of those who have been expelled or resigned three have joined other organisations.  The respondents are divided on whether there is a future for socialists in the LP, with 33% YES but 50% ‘Don’t know’ or ‘Didn’t say’. There is considerable uncertainty about whether there is a need for a new party, with more that 70% ‘Don’t know’ or ‘Didn’t say’. 

PART III: CLP Membership and Activity

III.1 CLPs (30 responses).  See Figure 1. 

South East: Brighton Kemptown (1), Chesham and Amersham (1), Chichester (1), North Thanet (2), South Thanet (3), Rochester & Stroud (1), E Worthing and Shoreham (1). 

South West: Bristol North West (1), Central Devon (1), Exeter (1), Plymouth Moor View (1), South West Wiltshire (2), Weston-super-Mare (1). London: Cities of London and Westminster (1), Greenwich (1), Hampstead and Kilburn (1), Streatham (1). North West: Burnley (1), Cheadle (1).  East: Cambridge (2), Saffron Walsden. West Midlands: Coventry North East (1). Yorkshire and Humberside :  Keighley and Ilkley (1). North East: Sunderland Central (1).

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Figure 1: Respondent CLP by Region

III.2 YEAR JOINED (30 responses, Figure 2).   

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Figure 2: Respondents by year of joining. 

III.3 POSITIONS HELD (30 responses, Figure 3). 

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Figure 3: Respondent by position held within CLP.

III.4 ATTENDANCE (30 responses, Figure 4).     

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Figure 4: Percentage of respondent by frequency of attendance.  

Monthly 83% (25/30), Quarterly 13% (4/30), less than once a year 3% (1/30).

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PART IV: INVESTIGATION 

IV.1 UNDER INVESTIGATION? (30 responses, Figure 5a and 5b).

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Figure 5a: Percentage of respondents under investigation.  

YES 63% (19/30), NO 37% (21/30).

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Figure 5b: Cross-tabulation of respondent under investigation by position held within CLP. 

Chair 80% (4/5), Secretary 75% (3/4), Delegate 75% (3/4), Officer 67% (2/3), Member 50% (7/14). 

IV.2 YEAR OF INVESTIGATION (19 responses, Figure 6).   

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Figure 6: Of those 19 investigated, the year when their investigation was initiated. 

IV.4 CASE NUMBER VS DATE (5 responses + previous data, Figure 7).  

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Figure 7: Cumulative case numbers versus date of investigation, with linear curve fitted. 

IV.5 OFFENCE (19/30 responses, Figure 8). 

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Figure 8: Offences which respondents investigated for (percentage of total respondents). 

IV.6 AUTO-EXCLUDED? (6 responses, Figure 9).  

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Figure 9: Percentage of respondents auto-excluded if investigated for “support for another party”.  

YES 67% (4/6), NO (2/6).

IV.7 What kind of ‘Evidence’ provided (19 responses, Figure 10)   

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Figure 10: Kind of ‘evidence’ provided as a percentage of respondents under investigation (19/30):  

social media posts 58% (11/19), No evidence 26% (5/19), Hearsay 10.5% (2/1).

IV.11 SUSPENDED? (19 responses, Figure 11)   

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Figure 11: Respondents suspended as a percentage of respondents under investigation (19/30). 

YES 79% (15/19), NO 10.5% (2/19), Didn’t Answer 10.5% (2/19). 

IV.12 RESIGNED? (19 responses, Figure 12).  

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Figure 12: Respondents resigned as a percentage of respondents under investigation (19/30). 

YES 16% (3/19), NO 74% (14/19), Didn’t Answer 10.5% (2/19). 

PART V: JUDGEMENT

V.1 DATE (5 responses): 2018 20% (1/5), 2020 80% (4/5). 

V.4 LEGAL ADVICE? (10 responses): YES 10.5% (2/19), NO 42% (8/19), DA 58% (11/19) 

V.6 OUTCOME? (9 responses, Figure 13).  

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Figure 13: Of those who reported an NEC judgement (9/19 the outcomes were:

Expelled 33% (3/9), Punitively suspended 22% (2/9), Other 22% (2/9), 

NEC warning (1/9), No further action (1/9).

V.7 NCC HEARING? (5 responses):   YES 0% (0/5), NO 100% (5/4). 

PART VI: IMPACT 

VI.1 JOURNALIST CONTACT? (19 responses):   NO 79% (15/19), YES 21% (4/19)

VI.4 EFFECT ON MENTAL HEATH? (19 responses, Figure 14). 

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Figure 14: Of those who responded (19/30) the effect on mental health on a five point scale:

1 26% (5/19), 2 10.5% (2/19), 3 21% (4/19), 4 32% (6/19), 5 10.5% (2/19).

VI.6 SAR REQUEST? (19 responses):  YES 42% (8/19), NO 47% (9/19), DA 10.5% (2/19). 

VI.7 SAR RESPONSE? (7 responses):   NO 86% (6/7), YES 14% (1/7)

PART VII: FUTURE 

VII.1 PLANNING TO REMAIN? (30 responses): YES 37% (11/30), NO 10% (3/30), 

DA 53% (16/30). 

VII.2 GROUPINGS? (30 responses, Figure 15): 

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Figure 15: Of the whole sample those who placed the left grouping (other than LIEN) 1st or 2nd:

LLA 27% (8/30), Momentum 23% (7/30), Other 10% (3/30), Didn’t Answer 40% (12/30). 

Other includes LAW, Fight Suspensions, SOS, JVL, Don’t Leave Organise.

VII.3 JOINED ANOTHER ORG? (30 responses):  NO 27% (8/30), YES 10% (3/30), 

DA 63% (19/30).

VII.5 FUTURE FOR SOCIALISM IN LP? (30 responses, Figure 16)

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Figure 16: The percentage who believe that there is a future for socialists in the LP:

YES 33% (10/30), NO 17% (5/30), DON’T KNOW 40% (12/30), DA 10% (3/30).

VIII.6 NEED FOR NEW PARTY? (30 responses, Figure 17)

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Figure 17: The percentage who believe that there is a need for a new party to replace Labour:

YES 17% (5/30), NO 3% (1/30), DON’T KNOW 26% (8/30), DA 46% (14/30). 

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