Factionalism will continue to erode trust in Labour

Thursday, 4th August

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Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer

• THE Forde Report’s findings are shocking but not unanticipated.

In his leadership manifesto Sir Keir Starmer promised to “unite the party and promote pluralism”, (Camden and Islington Momentum steering committee, July 28).

But the Labour leader’s own Constituency Labour Party refuses to allow discussion of the Forde Report.

At a recent meeting two motions on the report were ruled “not an emergency” and a delegate who attempted to ask a question was muted before he had even finished asking it.

Our MP was due to give his standard report, as noted on the agenda. But instead of facing the possibility that some of his constituents would ask him about the Forde Report, he went to the UEFA women’s semi-final in Sheffield instead.

As if this wasn’t bad enough, at the same meeting, the proposer of a motion protesting against the Silvertown tunnel was asked by the chair if she wanted to withdraw it, since work on the tunnel has already begun.

Predictably the motion was defeated by a sizeable majority of delegates on the right voting against it.

Can they possibly be serious in upholding Camden’s claims to be at the forefront of the local fight against climate change?

The factionalism in this meeting didn’t end there.

Another motion proposing to open a debate about the Labour Party’s policy on Israel / Palestine was similarly defeated.

The Forde Report gives detailed evidence of what it calls a “toxic culture” of factionalism which allowed sexist and racist bullying to undermine the authority of an elected leadership backed by a groundswell of membership support.

The report points out that one form factionalism takes is to regard different opinions as totally illegitimate.

The report urges the party leadership to implement its core recommendations as a condition for rebuilding trust in the party.

Thousands of members have left the Labour Party since Sir Keir Starmer took over.

If the officers of his own CLP are not prepared to take a good look at themselves in the mirror and see themselves as local examples of the factionalist behaviour the Forde Report condemns, they are digging their own political graves.

Without any commitment to implementing the report’s recommendations, this kind of factionalism will continue to erode the possibility of public trust in party unity that is essential to electoral success.

RUTH APPLETON, SILVANA DA ROS, JIMENA CASTRO, UNA DOYLE, HARRIET EVANS, JULIAN HOUGH, LAUREN HOUGH, BERNARD MILLER, LUCY MOY-THOMAS, PAUL O’BRIEN, MARY O’SULLIVAN, DIANE PEARSON, LUKE PEARSON, SIMON PEARSON, PAUL RENNY, SHEZAN RENNY, ANNA ROSE, TOM SELWYN, PAT THANE, PETE WICKENDEN

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