On 8 February the following motion, submitted by New Cross Branch, was passed at Lewisham Deptford CLP’s GC with over 60pc of the votes. This followed strong opposition from the right, several of whose speakers argued specifically to exclude the Alliance for Workers’ Liberty.
An amendment to change reinstatement to a review was also heavily defeated.
The CLP has also voted to campaign specifically for the reinstatement of expelled Lewisham Momentum co-chair Jill Mountford.
All supporters of Labour Party welcome in Labour Party
This meeting notes
The Labour Party Rule Book 2017, Chapter 2 Membership rules, Clause I Conditions of membership, sub clause 4 Exclusions, (B) reads as follows:
“A member of the Party who joins and/ or supports a political organisation other than an official Labour group or other unit of the Party, or supports any candidate who stands against an official Labour candidate, or publicly declares their intent to stand against a Labour candidate, shall automatically be ineligible to be or remain a Party member, subject to the provisions of Chapter 6.I.2 below of the disciplinary rules.”
This rule has been used to exclude LP members with no defence, no appeal and no public review of the evidence.
This meeting believes,
Labour’s membership should be open to all who share our values and support Labour’s election campaigns.
In the spirit of post-election unity [the motion was originally submitted not long after the general election], this branch calls for the reinstatement of automatically excluded members.
This meeting calls/GC instructs on the CLP Secretary to write to the General Secretary and the NEC calling for the reinstatement of those auto-excluded under Rule 4.I.2.B