Labour suspends Angela Eagle’s constituency party

There have been reports of bullying, intimidation and homophobia in the branch

Angela Eagle

 

The Wallasey Constituency Labour Party has been suspended following reports of bullying, intimidation and homophobia.

Leading members of the CLP have been in conflict with the local MP, Angela Eagle, since her resignation from the Shadow Cabinet and announcement of her leadership candidacy.

The CLP has repeatedly threatened to deselect her and, following the decision to suspend CLP meetings for security reasons, an unofficial meeting voted no confidence in Eagle by a margin of 54-9.

Eagle — who dropped out of the leadership race yesterday — issued a statement welcoming the decision to investigate the local party.

“Bullying, intimidation, misogyny and homophobia have no place in the Labour Party and it is right that the national Labour Party now investigate this behaviour. I hope that the issues can be resolved, and that we can have an active, inclusive and effective local Labour Party that can tackle the real problems faced in our local community.”

The ban will prevent the CLP from holding meetings of any kind, or submitting motions for the Labour Party conference.

Its organisers have strongly objected to the central party’s decision, and denied the allegations levelled against it.The branch’s vice-chair, Paul Davies, told the BBC it was ‘an attempt to shut down all democracy in the party’ and accuses the central party of trying to smear local members.

He has also told multiple journalists that he is willing to take a lie detector test to disprove allegations of bullying.

Eagle’s short period as a leadership candidate was marred by abuse and threats of violence. A window was broken in her constituency office hours after she announced her candidacy, and a man was arrested later in the week for sending her death threats.

Having dropped out of the race, Eagle is now supporting Smith’s bid to become leader.

12 Responses to “Labour suspends Angela Eagle’s constituency party”

  1. Paul Watson

    There have also been reports that these reports of bullying, intimidation, misogyny and homophobia are totally untrue (like AE’s office window). Surely without a thorough investigation action cannot be taken either way ie innocence before proven guilt

    Or is the real reason that the Constituency has shown dissent of the highest order ie no confidence in AE ?

  2. Martyn Wood-Bevan

    I no longer trust Labour Party HQ which seems very quick to act on unsubstantiated rumours and with little, if anyway actual evidence. It is ruining Democracy in the Labour Party, along with the gerrymandered voting system, making Labour Party members to be a group of thugs. So wrong!

  3. head in hands

    What is going on? I am in total despair. I’ve always been proudly left wing, with solid labour values. Nicknamed ‘Citizen Salt’ (those old enough will get this). I’m a proud Unite Union rep yet this morning, on the radio, one of Corbyn’s fans (not Jeremy) said that people like me were soft Tories because I’m (reluctantly) in favour of Trident. How dare she??
    Please let Smith win and then let’s see who will be so supportive of membership democracy then? I’m guessing charges of ‘rigged’, ‘fixed’ and ‘traitors’ will be flying around followed by mass resignations.

  4. Just Cann

    Owen Smith supporting MPs have accused Jeremy Corbyn supporters as thugs, bullies and criminals without any proof that it is Jeremy Corbyn supporters. This means that they have accused majority of labour party members as thugs, bullies and criminals. they refuse to accept that it is someone other than Corbyn supporters. To make such accusation without proof is criminal behaviour in its own right.

    Owen Smith supporting MPs are responsible for getting all labour party constituencies suspended because they have accused all labour party members of bullying, harassment and intimidation at meetings and refused to accept that it is bad behaviour of one or two persons. This is the same as accusing all black people because of the bad behaviour of one or two black persons or accusing all gay and lesbian people because of the bad behaviour of on or two gay and lesbian persons and so on.

  5. mal

    Why does Paul Davies’ name sound familiar to me?

  6. John Griffin

    ‘The Wallasey Constituency Labour Party has been suspended following reports of bullying, intimidation and homophobia.’
    I’m not familiar with the structure of the Labour Party. Could someone please enlighten me as to the nature of the body that has suspended the Wallacy CLP? Is it the NEC? or some other group within the Labour Party. Was the suspension on the agenda of some committee? I’m lost?

  7. CR

    The central party organisation is now going after the local membership and officers for supporting Corbyn.

    Has Erdogan joined Labour? I think we should be told.

  8. Mike Hart

    This is ridiculous. There’s no evidence and the branch is being presumed guilty. This runs in the face of all justice. Yes of course have a hearing. Yes of course stop any bullying. But it’s bullying not to follow natural justice. Whoever is behind this should be ashamed of themselves.

  9. Tony

    “A window was broken in her constituency office hours after she announced her candidacy,”

    No, a window covering the stairs in the same building as her office was broken at some point.

  10. Wild sage

    II have been thinking about the over reaction. In the last place I lived in we got a pellet gun shot thro our living room window. I didn’t,t even report it – I do not trust the cops ! The brick did not even have a message attached ! Maybe it was a drunk with random anti elite sentiments ? Some people live very sheltered lives ! Price we all pay is suspension of democracy. Convenient I would say !
    Wildsage

  11. Graham Coupe

    Get your facts right preferably before opening your mouths. Your Angela Eagle post is inaccurate.

  12. Paul Roberts

    I need proof before commenting, the only thing I can say is there is a definite bias against Jeremy Corbyn that runs through out the media. The media is a powerful weapon and many people are swayed by the media as their lives are too busy to “get involved” in the world of politics, so without any malice the read or listen to the news on the run, then the seed has been planted.

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