The following motion was passed at Easington CLP all members meeting tonight.
Easington CLP welcomes the NEC decision to reinstate Jeremy Corbyn as a Labour member. However, we are deeply disappointed by Keir Starmer’s political intervention to remove the Labour whip excluding him from the PLP.
Easington CLP calls for the whip to be restored to Jeremy Corbyn with immediate effect.
Easington CLP also supports our MP Grahame Morris and the Socialist Campaign Group of Labour MPs who have also called for the whip to be reinstated.
Easington CLP believes that guidance to CLPs, issued by the General Secretary (12 August, 29 October and 5 November) undermines local party democracy by placing restrictions on the areas of Party business that members can discuss in their meetings.
The guidance conflicts with the Party’s long-standing custom and practice and tradition, whereby both affiliates and CLPs have the right to engage in discussions and adopt positions on matters across the full range of party business and policy. The Labour Party Rule Book, quite correctly, makes no reference to ‘competent business’.
Therefore, this CLP stands in solidarity with CLPs who have been punished for exercising their democratic right to hold discussions.
This apparent break with that democratic tradition within our Party is a matter of significant concern.
Easington CLP calls on the General Secretary to withdraw his guidance restricting CLPs’ rights to political debate, reinstate the whip to Jeremy Corbyn and withdraw disciplinary measures brought against CLPs and lift any suspensions implemented.