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From The Socialist newspaper, 26 October 2016

Wallasey whitewash must be condemned

Continued CLP suspension requires labour movement response

Labour's bureaucracy has suspended Wallasey CLP after claims of homophobic abuse against its right-wing MP, photo by Paul Mattsson

Labour's bureaucracy has suspended Wallasey CLP after claims of homophobic abuse against its right-wing MP, photo by Paul Mattsson   (Click to enlarge)

Wirral Socialist Party totally condemns the continued suspension of Wallasey Constituency Labour Party (CLP) and the whitewash of a so-called investigation into alleged homophobic abuse, bullying and intimidation in Wallasey.

We condemn all abuse, which where proven should be dealt with. Tackling proven abuse is a separate matter to the deselection of MPs or councillors which is a political decision. It should be a democratic right for a party's members to choose their candidate, recall their representatives and elect their local organisers.

The report prevents open, democratic debate and discussion by allowing the Blairite infiltrators to continue hiding under the cloak of anonymity.

What an absolute scandal it is that over 1,000 new members in Wallasey have been prevented from participating in the running of the local party. At the behest of this rigged report, the CLP remains suspended into next year. Right-wing local and regional officials will no doubt seek to use this time to attack the left.

This yet again highlights that there can be no compromise with the Blairites, who will stop at nothing to cling onto power. The Socialist Party calls for the opening up of the Labour Party on a democratic federal basis to build the strongest possible working class alliance to bring down the Tories and their Blairite agents within the Labour Party.

We will be seeking discussions across the Wirral and Merseyside labour movement about the way forward in light of this latest development.

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