Labour’s latest purge may come back to bite it on the arse

Labour John Edwards and Keir Starmer
Support us and go ad-free

The Labour purge has claimed another victim: a well known local councillor. But yet again, it could well end up biting the party and Keir Starmer on the arse. Because John Edwards is going to stand against the party.

John Edwards, gone

The Express and Star reported that Labour has deselected Edwards. He’s been a councillor for the Greets Green and Lyng ward in Sandwell, West Midlands, for 43 years. That reportedly makes him Labour’s longest serving councillor. Not that length of service matters to the party machinery. Because it has formally “refused to endorse him”. And Labour’s deselection of Edwards has probably got a bit to do with him being a Jeremy Corbyn supporter; one who’s also been critical of Starmer.

Edwards told the Express and Star:

I have been gutted by the dismal failure of Keir Starmer to provide a voice for ordinary working families and by his woeful lack of opposition to the Tory government.

When our nurses are campaigning for a well-deserved 12 per cent pay increase he mutters platitudes and looks the other way.

He seems to be more in tune with the Tories than with traditional Labour.

Sadly this is what happens when a working class party finds itself being led by a Knight of the realm who has nothing in common with the experiences of working class people.

Read on...

Support us and go ad-free

Ouch. Edwards also tweeted that:

So, people have been tweeting their support for Edwards:

“Faceless Labour officials”

Labour has also deselected three other candidates in Sandwell. As Edwards told the Express and Star:

National interference by faceless Labour officials has taken place in the selection of local candidates, no one in my local party had any say in this.

Ring any bells? It should do.

Purging into the elections

The faceless party machinery interfering at local level is a running theme. Just days ago SKWAWKBOX reported on a similar event in Walsall. It wrote:

Labour council candidate and Unite activist Andrea Bradley has been deselected by the Labour party as a candidate in Walsall’s council elections – without explanation and after she had already spent a year and a half campaigning for the seat.

And she has been replaced by the incumbent councillor that local Labour members had already voted to deselect.

But Labour’s deselection of Edwards may not end well for the party.

Arse-biting?

Edwards will be standing as an independent candidate. He told the Express and Star:

my name will be on the ballot paper and if re-elected I will continue to work and campaign for local people as I always have.

But it isn’t just Edwards. There’s also former Labour MP Thelma Walker standing as an independent MP in the Hartlepool by-election, but as a member of the Northern Independence Party; its registration with the Electoral Commission was not completed in time for 6 May. And then there’s Chris Williamson’s Resist that’s supporting the Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition (TUSC), and other parties like Cornwall’s Mebyon Kernow likely to make inroads.

At this rate, May’s elections look like they could be a massive headache for Starmer.

Featured image via LADbible – YouTube and TheFutureMeltingPot – YouTube

Support us and go ad-free

We need your help to keep speaking the truth

Every story that you have come to us with; each injustice you have asked us to investigate; every campaign we have fought; each of your unheard voices we amplified; we do this for you. We are making a difference on your behalf.

Our fight is your fight. You’ve supported our collective struggle every time you gave us a like; and every time you shared our work across social media. Now we need you to support us with a monthly donation.

We have published nearly 2,000 articles and over 50 films in 2021. And we want to do this and more in 2022 but we don’t have enough money to go on at this pace. So, if you value our work and want us to continue then please join us and be part of The Canary family.

In return, you get:

* Advert free reading experience
* Quarterly group video call with the Editor-in-Chief
* Behind the scenes monthly e-newsletter
* 20% discount in our shop

Almost all of our spending goes to the people who make The Canary’s content. So your contribution directly supports our writers and enables us to continue to do what we do: speaking truth, powered by you. We have weathered many attempts to shut us down and silence our vital opposition to an increasingly fascist government and right-wing mainstream media.

With your help we can continue:

* Holding political and state power to account
* Advocating for the people the system marginalises
* Being a media outlet that upholds the highest standards
* Campaigning on the issues others won’t
* Putting your lives central to everything we do

We are a drop of truth in an ocean of deceit. But we can’t do this without your support. So please, can you help us continue the fight?

The Canary Support us
  • Show Comments
    1. Labour has to be buried. It is a fully right-wing party, wholeheartedly committed to capitalism, in thrall to Israel and the followers of Herzl, absolutely opposed to internal democracy. If it formed a government and ran the country like it runs the party, you would get a knock on the door at 3 am if you dared to criticize its policies. The Right always accuses the Left of being a cult, but this is a cult of bureaucratic totalitarianism. One man is in control: David Evans. The dark bureaucracy rules. Labour democracy is dead. We must bury Labour and create in its place a movement of direct action, locally empowered: we need tenant’s taking over their housing associations, students taking over their universities, schoolkids rebelling against the imposed boredom of a hollowed out education system, workers everywhere running their enterprises for themselves. Labour has never assisted genuine self-government. That must be our aim. A society of self-government and equality. It is time to sweep aside the dull, self-serving apparatchiks of a worn-out Labour Party and for the common folk to dissolve power in the solvents of equality and co-operation.

    2. I never guessed the establishment would attempt to pull off a ‘Blair II’ and nor would they have been able to if we still had fair elections, because few would vote for such a leader. But now they’ve captured the election process they’ll put him in as though he was popular and elected, instead of the electoral thief he really is because Corbyn won the 2019 election.

    3. I hope Cllr Edwards succeeds in standing against Labour who are obviously a bunch of tin pot, banana republic amateurs.

      I wish I lived in his area to support him.

      For those in his area and others such as myself, the way is clear.

      Don’t vote Labour. Don’t support Starmer, those who in effect are supporting others who actively helped the Tories into power.

      Best of luck Cllr Edwards!

    4. I ditched (left) Labour once the war criminal showed his true blue colours. I rejoined when it looked like there was hope. Now once again we see blue labour coming to the fore I’m torn. First reaction is to leave again but head is telling me I should stick around and try and fight from within. Soo gutted we have arrived at this dark place again.

    Leave a Reply

    Join the conversation

    Please read our comment moderation policy here.