23rd October 2016
This letter was written around the end of July / start of August 2016.
Many of the assertions are speculative, but the central falsehood is a serious one, the allegation that Wallasey CLP Vice Chair Paul Davies was seen by three people in Linda Keogh’s road, posting leaflets on Saturday 30th July 2016.*
Note: Wallasey CLP was suspended on 20th July and all members were therefore banned from such activities.
Paul Davies was not physically in Wallasey on that date. He was away in London over the weekend of 30th / 31st July 2016. Therefore the first logical conclusion to draw from this is he cannot have been seen or witnessed in Wallasey posting leaflets.
The fact he wasn’t in Wallasey is extremely fortunate for Mr Davies because if he’d not been away in London on this weekend and the allegation was found to be proven, it would have been grounds for expulsion from the party.
The fact that Mr Davies kept evidence of his journey in the shape of hotel receipts, Oyster Card and bank card purchases has prevented the NEC from throwing the book at him on these entirely false allegations.
As we know by now to our cost, given recent NEC decisions, such a damning letter – which was copied to General Secretary Iain McNicol among others – could have proved to be extremely harmful.
And how enlightening to see this particular allegation being very quietly dropped from the recent evidence-free NEC leaked report on alleged homophobia et al.
That said, this is an outrageous situation that cannot be left to stand. As the NEC don’t appear to have mentioned Linda Keogh in the report or to have followed up on her malicious conduct, it needs pursuing by others in order to get it addressed, those who are keen for fairness and equality before the party rules.
The NEC can’t be seen to be selective about who they choose to discipline. Ms Keogh is a Wallasey Labour Party member who maliciously lied about a colleague in order to cause him damage; damage which could have had him unjustly kicked out of the party.
Depressingly, we can also see she went to the media for good measure, copying the letter to Politics Home who were only too pleased to regurgitate the allegations in full without stopping to check their veracity.
If Mr Davies’ expulsion had gone ahead, the papers would have been gloating and absolutely full of it. There’s no doubt, he would have been subjected to further smearing by the press packs, queuing up to do their worst, all thanks to a mendacious lie.
In such difficult times for the party, there has been a desire and a need for unity in opposition, but its reputation has once again been further eroded by one member’s corrosive behaviour, aided and abetted by two more.
It would be enlightening if we could discover whether these three members feature as members of Angela Eagle’s group of 17 ‘whistleblowers’, but this is not currently possible because the NEC have advised that members bringing allegations are fearful of repercussions and have been granted anonymity.
We’re also forced to contemplate another question: if Labour Party members in Wallasey are capable of deliberately inventing false allegations in order to damage their own colleagues, what else have they been lying about? Can we trust them to be honest and above board about the bullying, the intimidation and the homophobia that they’ve been queuing up to allege?
Or were these also very specific, very elaborate, very carefully contrived falsehoods similar to the one that Linda Keogh took time to dwell upon and make as watertight as possible in the letter above?
And broadening out still further, given the disenfranchising, the snubbing of the grass roots, the attacks on local party democracy at four different locations and the clamping down on members’ movements and free speech, we also need to ask the fundamental question:
What on earth is behind the strange, almost alien modus operandi underway at Labour Party HQ?
To have 4 local parties completely suspended simultaneously, and also to have a generalised suspension in CLPs meeting, really is unprecedented and unheard of.
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