Tony Greenstein | 16 July 2016 | Post Views:

Reverse Progress’s Attempt to Stop 25% of Labour’s Membership Voting 4 Leader 
Stop the £25 Surcharge on Democracy
Don’t Ban Labour Party Meetings
Reinstate Brighton & Hove District Labour Party

As you may know, the Labour Party National Executive
Meeting last Tuesday voted, after Corbyn and others on the Left had left
the meeting, to prevent 130,000 new members voting.  They also voted to
increase the cost to registered supporters from £3 to £25 and in a
final flourish voted to ban all party meetings for the duration of the

Last Thursday we learnt that Brighton and
Hove Labour Party had been suspended and the Executive that had been
voted out at the previous Saturday’s AGM reinstated, despite the new
Exec. receiving 66% of the vote.

A group of us who are
currently suspended from membership are sending this letter to members
of the NEC and, if you are members of the Labour Party, we would like to
invite you to sign it.

If you agree to sign it please respond to me or the email address on the letter and also put your CLP after your name.


Tony Greenstein

Saturday, 16
July 2016
Dear National
Executive Member,
We are writing to you in respect of this Tuesday’s National Executive
Committee meeting. 
At last week’s meeting of the NEC a number of anti-democratic decisions were
taken at the very end of the meeting, under Any Other Business.  These proposals were tabled without any
notice have been given, when many members had already left the meeting.  The effect of these decisions were to prevent
nearly 130,000 new members of the Labour Party from voting in the leadership
Registered supporters have also been prevented from voting unless they
pay a £25 surcharge.  In addition all
party meetings have been banned until the leadership election is over.
These measures demonstrate that the Right of the Party and Progress are
opposed to the most basic democratic principles.  What possible justification can there be for
preventing nearly a quarter of the membership voting to choose a new
leader?  What justification is there for
banning meetings or making it impossible for people living in poverty from
voting?  What are they scared of?
We urge you to reverse all these proposals, as you are fully entitled to
do, at the forthcoming National Executive Meeting.  We would also ask you to reverse the decision
to flout the democratic will of party members in Brighton and Hove District
Labour Party, whose party has been suspended and whose election results have
been annulled, because of complaints from those who took part in but lost the
elections for a new Executive.  The
largest ever meeting in the history of the Brighton and Hove District Party
voted by nearly 2-1 in favour of a new Executive.  To overturn this vote, without even a cursory
investigation, on the basis of unsubstantiated allegations from Progress
supporters is an affront to democracy.
In Solidarity,

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