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A number of Labour Party activists won’t be able to vote in the upcoming leadership election because they have been suspended or expelled. In most cases, the reasons given for suspension are insufficient or non-existent.

Marlene Ellis, of Streatham CLP, was suspended by the Labour Party after writing an open letter to Jeremy Corbyn to reinstate Ken Livingstone on the Momentum Black Connexions blog. She subsequently received an email telling her she was suspended, with no reasons given apart from a link to that blog post. Marlene said the following about her suspension: 

The fact that I have not heard from the Compliance Unit since my suspension on the 3rd June 2016, makes it very clear that they do not care about the apparently offensive blog-post and that it is only intended to deny me a right to play a full part in the Labour Party. In particular, removing my right to vote feels like I am unjustifiably and undemocratically silenced. The Chakrabarti Report makes it clear that the Compliance Unit desperately needs to be reformed.

Ruth Cashman, who has been in the Labour Party for a number of years, was suspended a month or so before the last leadership election in September 2015. She was reinstated after that election but then expelled earlier this summer. See Ruth tell her story here.

Neither of these suspended members seek to undermine the party nor do they promote or represent any party other than Labour. We believe that these members should have been afforded due process and given sufficient reasons for their suspensions. Until this happens we demand that they are reinstated to the Labour Party immediately. It should be their right, as long-standing, active members, to vote in September’s leadership election, to unqualified participation in all Labour party activities, and to have a say in the future of their party.


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