ACTIVISTS must “get organised” to combat the wave of expulsions of leftwingers from the Labour Party, Fire Brigades Union general secretary Matt Wrack has said.
Mr Wrack, whose union reaffiliated to Labour in November, spoke at the Campaign for Labour Party Democracy’s AGM on Saturday after a member of the party’s national executive committee (NEC) said that over 30 members had recently been expelled in one region alone.
Scores of Jeremy Corbyn supporters have been chucked out by panels of the party executive, who have often cited their association with far-left “entryist” groups.
That includes Mr Wrack’s own brother Nick, who stood against Harriet Harman in Camberwell and Peckham for the Trade Union and Socialist Coalition at the general election.
Some have since been readmitted, but activists have accused Labour HQ’s compliance unit of gathering information on existing party members.
Shadow chancellor John McDonnell has faced criticism for his suggestion that the compliance unit be scrapped.
Mr Wrack suggested: “We get organised and we campaign and we make demands — and we have to be better organised than the other side.”
Labour national executive member Ann Black said that panels of the NEC should blamed for the expulsions.
“These decisions are overwhelmingly not made by the compliance unit,” she said.
“Blaming the compliance unit is like swearing at the ticket office clerk because your train’s been cancelled.”
But her NEC colleague Christine Shawcroft, who said that at least 30 members in the East Midlands had approached her about expulsions, said: “If these complaints are not coming from [expelled members’] local parties, where is it coming from?”