Published On: Fri, Nov 27th, 2020

Birmingham Labour members ask general secretary David Evans if they’re allowed a no-confidence vote – in David Evans

Labour right’s New Stalinism descends into farce

The Labour Party hierarchy has escalated its war on free speech, even descending to labelling simple motions of solidarity with Jeremy Corbyn as racist in its attempt to enforce a ban on discussions and votes by constituency Labour parties (CLPs). Despite this, an avalanche of motions has begun – of solidarity with Corbyn, of demands for his reinstatement and even of no confidence in Keir Starmer and party general secretary David Evans for creating the situation – even previously pro-Starmer CLPs.

But the attempted strictures against motions for Corbyn’s reinstatement or of solidarity don’t explicitly ban no-confidence motions – and one group of members in Birmingham thought they’d better check.

Erdington Labour members wanted to debate a vote of no confidence in Evans, but the meeting’s chair wasn’t sure if the new threats guidance permitted him to allowa vote of no confidence in David Evans.

So the meeting agreed to write to David Evans – to check whether they were allowed to pass a vote of no confidence in David Evans.

The recent EHRC report reaffirmed the right of free speech to members under Article 10 of the European Convention on Human Rights, with enhanced protection for elected officials.

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