Harlow Labour call for re-instatement of Jeremy Corbyn

Politics / Sat 20th Nov 2021 at 12:15pm

Dear Editor,

HARLOW Labour Party has issued a call for the immediate re-instatement of Jeremy Corbyn as a member of the Parliamentary Labour Party. The Motion calling for the re-instatement of the former Leader of the party was passed at an All Member Meeting of Harlow Constituency Labour Party on Monday 15 November 2021.

Mr Corbyn was suspended from the Parliamentary Labour Party following his comments on the report of the investigation by the Equality and Human Rights Commission into anti-Semitism within the Labour Party. Mr Corbyn stated that the scale of the problem was “dramatically overstated for political reasons by our opponents”.

A comparison of the EHRC report with the coverage of antisemitism in the Labour Party by the mass media shows that the extent of the problem was indeed of far smaller magnitude than had been alleged by those hostile to Mr Corbyn’s politics.

Speech that is insulting, or intimidating, or bigoted has no place in the Labour Party, but Mr Corbyn’s comments were not of that ilk. They were not in any way anti-Semitic or Judeophobic. They were fair comment.

Mr Corbyn was suspended without a hearing and with no right of appeal, in a clear violation of the principle of natural justice. His suspension from the PLP is an attack on the right of members of the Labour Party to engage in legitimate free speech. It is also an attack on democracy. For there cannot truly be democracy within the Labour Party if members are not allowed to engage in legitimate free speech without fear of sanction. The Labour Party cannot truly claim to uphold free speech and democracy while Jeremy Corbyn remains suspended.

Members of Harlow CLP had submitted similar Motions following Mr Corbyn’s exclusion from the Parliamentary Labour Party on 29 October last year, but these Motions had been ruled out of order, following instructions issued by Labour Party General Secretary David Evans. The officers of a number of constituency parties were suspended when they defied these instructions and allowed such Motions to be discussed.

Now that this Motion has been passed by Harlow Labour Party it is to be hoped that other local Labour Parties will follow suit, and that Jeremy Corbyn will be once more be allowed to take his rightful place in the Parliamentary Labour Party.

Yours sincerely

John Wake

Member, Harlow Constituency Labour Party

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9 Comments for Harlow Labour call for re-instatement of Jeremy Corbyn:

2021-11-20 14:29:09


2021-11-20 22:35:31

No doubt this provides a sense of well being to those in the Harlow Labour Party but does publicising it advance the cause of the Party in Harlow, I doubt it.

David Forman
2021-11-21 01:17:30

I bet the Conservative Party can't wait for Corbyn to be reinstated. Corbyn goes down like a bucket of cold sick in the Red Wall seats.

gary roberts
2021-11-21 09:28:19

"Corbyn goes down like a bucket of cold sick in the Red Wall seats": really? I suspect they are actually just sick of being continuously lied too. The Conservatives led by Mr. Boris Johnson has made promises to them, just like those in Harlow, that will never be achieved. Using Mr. Corbyn and that note in the Treasury in 2010 is just irrelevant nonsense today.

Jake Shepherd
2021-11-21 19:51:53

It's sickening to read coinage like "Judeophobic", especially during Harlow's inter-faith week. Invented terminology such as this only dilutes and diminishes the behaviours which some have been happy to make apologies for. Whilst there was nothing objectable within the motion Mr Wake presented to the CLP, it contained not a shred of merit and was frankly a Vanity Fair for the far gone fanatics who lack any basic empathy towards those who were failed and abused by a vocal few within the Labour Party. I abstained (whilst some voted against) because as I explained during the meeting, focussing our time and attention on one individual does a disservice to an entire community (in fact several communities) for whom the past few years have been painful and thankless. I wasn't the sole voice who rightly mentioned the fraught experiences shared by so many in and outside of the Labour Party. Harlow Labour Party IS a safe space for Jewish members because many members (the majority) have stood in solidarity with Jewish MPs and Members and continue to safeguard the Labour Party to ensure it remains a movement where all can participate fully! Whether or not it is a welcoming space is another matter, I'd like to think it's becoming more so. Despite despicable episodes such as Chris Williamson, the disgraced former MP, appearing in Harlow at the behest of fringe elements (this was not and never was a Harlow Labour Party event or idea) - we have passed a turning point and I believe will never sink to the low depths of being referred to the Equality and Human Rights Commission (a public body established by a Labour Government) again! Let Harlow Labour get on with the job of making our town the best place it can be, for those of any faith (and none), because ultimately everyone involved in mainstream politics decided to do so to make their patch a better place for everyone!

2021-11-22 09:37:49

This is the reason never to vote for the harlow labour party again. Trying to get nut job corbyn back into the labour party shows they cannot be trusted with power ever again in the words of corbyns cult followers shame shame shame

2021-11-22 11:12:18

How much is Boris paying him.

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2021-11-23 11:03:25

As the former MEP for Harlow and someone who has known Jeremy Corbyn all his political life let me give my backing to their resolution. Jeremy Corbyn has fought racism all his life and has never been anti Semitic he was a supporter of Palestinian rights which is why he was targeted by pro Isreali forces outside and inside the Labour Party. Hugh Kerr Harlow MEP 1994-99

2021-11-23 17:51:56

Corbyn is a friend of HAMAS which finally the British government has recognised as a terrorist organisation. Hope he gets back in touch with them. Bye bye 10 years in jail. See the hustings that I asked a question/statement at passmores school before the general election. The man and his supporters are dangerous because of their beliefs.

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