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Ssssh! Don’t discuss you know who

Labour HQ criticised after warning prominent members across the capital not to discuss Islington MP Jeremy Corbyn’s shock suspension

06 November, 2020

Jeremy Corbyn was last week suspended from the Labour Party after nearly 40 years in parliament

AN ORDER from Labour HQ warned prominent members of local branches across London not to discuss Jeremy Corbyn’s suspension.

The demand for silence on such a high-profile issue has now been criticised by local members of the party.

Chairs and secretaries of local branches in Islington North received a memo detailing what could be discussed at meetings.

This included a warning not to pass motions challenging their MP’s suspension.

Ward meetings were held on Wednesday night and the Tribune understands that, in a quiet rebellion, motions were passed expressing support for Mr Corbyn.

Others were phrased as an appreciation of his work “challenging racism” but stopped short of calling for his reinstatement.

One member told the Tribune: “We were not allowed to mention you know who. I think it’s crazy that in a democratic party we are being told what we can and can’t talk about.”

However, the ruling which prevents local branches debating Corbyn’s case on the grounds that members are not “competent” to discuss disciplinary matters was put in place by former General Secretary Jennie Formby, an ally of Mr Corbyn.

The Tribune understands that motions of support for Mr Corbyn were passed in Finsbury Park and Mildmay wards.

These are set to be considered at the next Islington North Constituency Labour Party (CLP) meeting on November 18.

Mr Corbyn is challenging his suspension.

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