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From The Socialist newspaper, 18 November 2015
Labour bans union activist
London bus driver and Unite branch secretary Joanne Harris has been barred membership of the Labour Party for five years.
Joanne applied to rejoin Labour after supporting Jeremy Corbyn's election campaign and his committment to leading an anti-austerity party.
However, the Labour Party's 'star chamber' membership department said that because she had stood as a Trade Unionist and Socialist Coaltion candidate in 2014 against her local cuts-implementing Labour council in west London, she would be excluded until after the next general election.
Joanne has appealed to Jeremy Corbyn to overturn the ban and support "reinstating my membership to the party as I am a loyal left supporter of Labour. As far as I am concerned I never left the party, they left me."
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In The Socialist 18 November 2015:
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How to defend Corbyn and defeat austerity
We can defeat the Tory cuts!
Tories flog bank assets to hellhound US profiteers
Athletics doping scandal: big business profits behind global sports corruption
Councils won't spend a penny
Them & Us
Socialist Party features
The end of social housing? How can we solve the housing crisis?
How can young people organise to support Jeremy Corbyn?
International socialist news and analysis
Paris terror attacks
Workplace news and analysis
Junior doctors: first strikes in 40 years
Trade union action needed to fight for steel jobs
Historic London bus drivers' agreement
Reinstate sacked CWU reps
Pro-Corbyn mood among Usdaw members
Support for Roger Bannister in Unison election
Workplace news in brief
Readers' comments and reviews
All NHS unions should join junior doctors' strike
A day in the life of a Game retail worker
Why I joined: "I already feel as if I am finally home"
Robert Tressell's characters are all too real to me
My struggle for an income I can live on
Socialist Party reports and campaigns
Labour bans union activist
Thousands march against India premier's bloody sectarianism
Strike to save Lambeth libraries
Gaining momentum in Lewisham
Anger at care home closure
The Socialist 18 November 2015 |
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