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  • 9th February 2018 at 11:21 am

    I said something like this.

    The motion quotes rule 4.I.2.B, under this rule across the country people have been excluded from the Labour Party without the opportunity to defend themselves, without a hearing, and without an appeal. To my knowledge at least three members of this CLP have been treated this way.

    The problems with this rule revolve around three words, support, organisation and automatic.

    Prohibition of support of organisations other than affiliates creates a chilling effect for joining and support of many organisations. it means working with organisations such as Hope not Hate, Liberty, Green Peace or Amnesty International may render members liable to automatic expulsion.

    Automatic ineligibility is currently interpreted as allowing expulsion by administrative action. The accused is processed in secret, unable to challenge evidence, present a defence or request an appeal. These are all breaches of the rights to natural justice. This is unacceptable in a democratic party.

    This process has been used in a disgraceful factional manner where long-term members and Green Party converts have been expelled. We should note that members of other parties who hold public office and wish to join are usually accepted.

    This motion calls for an amnesty on all those excluded under this rule without a hearing, including those excluded from this Party.

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