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Bullying Straw man
This is a real Labour Party bullying story that not many people have heard of nationally.
Some of its victims were long-standing party members, holding key officer positions within the constituency, including our conference delegate. These victims included a teacher, a probation officer, a lawyer, a lecturer and a junior manager.
They were subjected to two years of vile and unsubstantiated abuse. Some were accused of illegal acts, threatening behaviour, theft of party funds, drug use - and of being paedophiles.
But all these charges were found to be completely without foundation. Public apologies had to be issued by two national newspapers and the local MP.
However, the twist in this story is that those victims, totally innocent of all these scurrilous accusations, were expelled from their local party! In addition, 30 years later, the local MP had to give a public apology for his repetition of some of these baseless lies.
Could it be that these facts never made the headlines because those subject to the abuse were left-wing Militant supporters? Is it a coincidence that the MP behind these false allegations was none other than the Right Honourable - but totally discredited - former foreign secretary and home office minister Jack Straw?
Peter Harris, one of the six expelled
I don't know if you have seen this news about Alistair Darling, former Labour chancellor, going onto the board of Morgan Stanley.
Morgan Stanley is one of the world's largest financial institutions. It is one of those major banks responsible for the 2008 financial crash. It has a history of corruption and fraud too.
Gordon Brown has joined the board of another financial giant. He was over the moon about how wonderful the City of London finance houses were, and resisted any attempts to regulate them before the crash of 2008.
This says everything about New Labour. They supported capitalism and capitalism has given them their reward.
Pete Watson, Nottingham
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