Part two of HuffPost UK’s special report into allegations that Labour has been slow to deal with anti-Black racism and to support its Black members.
A short video has been published showcasing controversies involving ‘Labour Students’ (LS) and the decisions of numerous university Labour clubs to have nothing to do with the organisation.
The group is often presented by media as representative of student members of the Labour Party, especially when it makes comments critical of the party’s leadership. However, it reportedly had only around 500 members eligible to vote – and many of those complained that they were blocked from voting in the recent election of LS officers, which was said to have involved only 125 votes.
LS is also often presented as
A series of exclusives by the SKWAWKBOX revealed the ‘irregularities‘ in the selection process for local election candidates – overseen by then-local campaigns secretary Nesil Caliskan – that ultimately led to right-winger Ms Caliskan becoming leader of Enfield council in London.
The councillors who elected her included a significant number who had only become council candidates via the irregular process she ran.
The skewed selection process also led, shockingly, to the deselection of all the borough’s black councillors and triggered a series of protests and calls for investigation across the Labour political spectrum – including half the council’s Cabinet – and the resignation of all of Enfield Labour group’s female officers except Ms Caliskan, amid accusations of bullying, intimidation and physical threats.
The national party was forced to step in, effectively putting Enfield Labour group into special measures.
A new survey of disabled Labour members has revealed “very disturbing” levels of disability discrimination throughout the party.
The survey has been released by disabled party activists who have become frustrated at the party’s continuing refusal to take seriously their concerns about widespread discrimination both among local constituency parties and the national Labour party.
The survey of 100 disabled party members shows three-quarters of them (75 per cent) believe there is disability discrimination at all levels of the party, while more than half (55 per cent) have personally experienced such discrimination.
Nearly half (47 per cent) said they had personally experienced a “denial of opportunity” that had been offered to non-disabled members of their constituency party.
And nearly nine-tenths of those surveyed (88 per cent) said they believed that the party’s ruling national executive committee (NEC) does not “adequately support disabled members”.
Three-tenths (30 per cent) said disability discrimination within the party had deterred them from standing as a candidate in an election.
The survey was organised by Project 125, a campaign seeking to improve the participation and representation of disabled people at all levels of the party and to persuade Labour to select 125 disabled parliamentary candidates to fight the next general election.
Project 125 was launched after last year’s party conference, at which disabled members accused Labour of years of “blatant discrimination” and “inexcusable inaccessibility” at the conference itself.
Jon Fletcher, founder of Project 125, told Disability News Service that the survey figures were “very disturbing”.
Veteran grandee’s warning comes as row splits party over dropping and reinstatement of leftwing candidate for Watford byelection
A Party for the people, but not the people of Liverpool Walton. Is this really what the Labour Party has come to for how come can the NEC speak for the local party at Liverpool Walton, surely it should them and them alone who should decide on their own candidate.
Is this democracy not working in the Labour party at a national level.
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