Update on suspension of Brighton, Hove and District Labour Party
Below is the text of an email I sent today, as chair of Patcham Branch Labour Party, to branch members to update them about the continued suspension of Brighton, Hove and District Labour Party
Dear Patcham Branch Labour Party colleague,
I am sorry I haven’t been in touch since our marvellous summer social at Sri India. A belated big thank-you to everyone who contributed to what was the biggest party get-together in more than 10 years.
As you may know, a lot has happened since!
It is less than a month since I — and other pro-Corbyn candidates — were elected to the new leadership team of Brighton, Hove and District Labour Party, at its annual meeting at City College Brighton and Hove on Saturday, July 9. I was elected secretary with 66% of the 606 votes cast; four other pro-Corbyn candidates were elected as postholders, with more than 60% of votes cast.
Between the five of us, we have accrued more than 100 years of party membership. It was an historic day — and a landmark event in Labour Party democracy in our city.
Until the Labour Party’s national executive committee suspended the City Party, annulled the results, re-instated the old leadership team, and told us we are not allowed to hold hustings for the party leadership election or to nominate our preferred candidate.
All because of malevolent and unsubstantiated allegations spread repeatedly by Councillor Warren Morgan, leader of the Labour Group on Brighton and Hove City Council. All because Cllr Morgan’s “friends” lost.
I know a lot of you attended the annual meeting and will not recognise the charges of abusive behaviour and safety risks to members that have been used to justify the NEC’s draconian and undemocratic intervention. Many of you will have read about the”spitting” incident-that-never-was, involving an innocent young man with family connections to Patcham.
Be assured I and my colleagues are doing everything we can — with the help of 6,000+ members across the city — to have the suspension lifted and the officers re-instated.
So what can you do?
Firstly, send your views about the annual meeting and the City Party to Katherine Buckingham, the Labour Party’s head of disputes and discipline. By the end of Sunday (August 7), email: BrightonHove_enquiry@labour.org.uk.
Secondly, to be able to vote in the Labour Party leadership election, please ensure any membership arrears are fully paid by noon on Monday, August 8.
I look forward to seeing you all, just as soon as we are allowed to meet as a party again — some time after September 25.
Chair, Patcham Branch Labour Party
Secretary of Brighton, Hove and District Labour Party (elected July 9; annulled July 14)