‘It’s pretty clear across the Labour movement that most people think he’s completely on the wrong place on this,’Keir Starmer, on Jeremy Corbyn’s suspension, 1st November
Following Keir Starmer’s assertion that the Labour movement backed Jeremy Corbyn’s suspension, Labour Grassroots put out a survey on this subject to our mailing list.
It received more replies than any other survey we have ever put out, with over 1,400 Labour members replying.
There is clearly overwhelming support for Corbyn among the membership.
We put the survey up on Twitter and asked ‘Labour List’ if they would conduct a survey too. Maybe they would get a different result.
‘Labour List’ didn’t reply and, since then, have made no attempt to find out what Labour members think about the suspension of the party’s former leader (he was leader only seven months ago!).
Suspending the former leader is totally unprecendented so why is there silence on this?
Contrast this with how ‘Labour List’ handled Brexit. They were happy to survey members about this – when Labour’s policy was not an issue – and to support calls for Labour to move towards ‘Remain’.
Silenced at meetings
It wasn’t long after putting out the result of our survey that CLP officers were written to by the General Secretary David Evans and told that discussing Corbyn’s resignation was not ‘competent’ business.
So as well as the Labour Party’s main media outlet failing to take any note of Labour members’ feelings on Corbyn’s suspension, party members were being silenced on it.
We sent out another poll to Labour members – and this is probably one that will not be repeated by ‘Labour List’ either.
We asked Labour members if they thought it was wrong to stop discussions on Corbyn’s suspension in party meetings – and the result was even more resounding.
The evidence is clear that Labour members are not being valued and their opinions are being misrepresented by the leadership and silenced by the party bureaucracy and the main media outlet for members.
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