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Former Labour councillor backs departing MPs Robert Sharp, the former Labour councillor who represented Southfields on Leicestershire County Council until he was defeated by Ted Parton in 2017, has come out strongly in support of the ‘Independent Group’ of seven MPs who resigned from the Labour Party on 18 February. Sharp retweeted the statement and values of the group as well as the statement by Nottingham East MP Chris Leslie adding: “I find myself agreeing with every word of this!” In stark contrast, Labour’s Parliamentary candidate for Loughborough, suggested that the “spin” around the group will be that it is “about creating a new centre ground party” but claimed the “reality is that our policies at the last general election was straightforward centre ground policies”. The former Labour councillor for Southfields Ward, Graeme Smith, whose sudden resignation in 2012 allowed Ted to be elected in a by-election, is also believed to be a strong supporter of this new group. Most other local Labour figures have avoided saying anything – probably because they fear the repercussions from hard left activists in the Constituency Labour Party. It was noticeable that while many Labour councillors in Loughborough campaigned for moderate Owen Smith to be leader of the party, the Constituency Labour Party came out in support of Jeremy Corbyn. Although support for a second referendum was probably the main issue for the seven MPs, a growing concern about the party leadership’s inability to tackle anti- Semitism was also a key factor. Corbyn’s defence of an anti-Semitic mural; the revelation he attended a wreath-laying for the perpetrators of the Munich massacre; and the unearthed video which showed him saying Zionists had “no sense of English irony”, all helped reinforce this image. Berger, the Jewish MP for Liverpool Wavertree, said she eventually reached the “sickening conclusion” the party had become “institutionally anti-Semitic”. It remains to be seen whether these developments in Westminster have an adverse impact on the local party but it seems likely that it will further undermine the confidence of electors in Loughborough to put their faith in a party which is unwilling to deal with extremism in its ranks. The present Labour councillors in Charnwood are not only moderate but have an affable relationship with their Conservative counterparts and seem determined to work together for the greater good. But by not standing up to extremism in their ranks may ultimately prove to be their downfall.
Published and promoted by Paul Mercer, 58A Wards End, Loughborough LE11 3HB
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Former Labour councillor backs departing MPs Robert Sharp, the former Labour councillor who represented Southfields on Leicestershire County Council until he was defeated by Ted Parton in 2017, has come out strongly in support of the ‘Independent Group’ of seven MPs who resigned from the Labour Party on 18 February. Sharp retweeted the statement and values of the group as well as the statement by Nottingham East MP Chris Leslie adding: “I find myself agreeing with every word of this!” In stark contrast, Labour’s Parliamentary candidate for Loughborough, suggested that the “spin” around the group will be that it is “about creating a new centre ground party” but claimed the “reality is that our policies at the last general election was straightforward centre ground policies”. The former Labour councillor for Southfields Ward, Graeme Smith, whose sudden resignation in 2012 allowed Ted to be elected in a by-election, is also believed to be a strong supporter of this new group. Most other local Labour figures have avoided saying anything – probably because they fear the repercussions from hard left activists in the Constituency Labour Party. It was noticeable that while many Labour councillors in Loughborough campaigned for moderate Owen Smith to be leader of the party, the Constituency Labour Party came out in support of Jeremy Corbyn. Although support for a second referendum was probably the main issue for the seven MPs, a growing concern about the party leadership’s inability to tackle anti-Semitism was also a key factor. Corbyn’s defence of an anti-Semitic mural; the revelation he attended a wreath-laying for the perpetrators of the Munich massacre; and the unearthed video which showed him saying Zionists had “no sense of English irony”, all helped reinforce this image. Berger, the Jewish MP for Liverpool Wavertree, said she eventually reached the “sickening conclusion” the party had become “institutionally anti-Semitic”. It remains to be seen whether these developments in Westminster have an adverse impact on the local party but it seems likely that it will further undermine the confidence of electors in Loughborough to put their faith in a party which is unwilling to deal with extremism in its ranks. The present Labour councillors in Charnwood are not only moderate but have an affable relationship with their Conservative counterparts and seem determined to work together for the greater good. But by not standing up to extremism in their ranks may ultimately prove to be their downfall.