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Tuesday, June 14, 2005

Labour local party revolts

The Islwyn Constituency Labour Party has revolted against the decision by party bosses to expel a member for speaking her mind. They have voted "overwhelmingly" to fight for Elena Evans - kicked out for criticising party bosses over all-women shortlists and are to lodge a formal protest with Labour's National Executive Committee over Ms Evans's expulsion.

If anything this protest underlines the authoritarian nature of New Labour. They cannot stand dissent and will act to punish it whenever it rears its head. Breaking party rules is one thing, but writing a mildly critical letter is quite another. If the way they run their party is reflected in the way that they run the country then we all have a great deal to worry about.
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