Join the Socialist Party Join us today!

Printable version Printable version

Facebook   Twitter

Link to this page: https://www.socialistparty.org.uk/articles/27915

Posted on 7 September 2018 at 16:52 GMT

Enfield North Labour Party votes 'no confidence' in right-wing Labour MP Joan Ryan

North London Socialist Party members

Labour Party members in Enfield North constituency in north London have given a stinging rebuke to Blairite MP Joan Ryan, with a 95 - 92 vote of no confidence.

Years of attacking the Corbyn leadership, not to mention her criticised expense claims, voting for the Iraq war and against an inquiry into it, abstaining on welfare cuts, and her behaviour towards local party members that has been described as bullying, have built up a well of anger.

She took to the media to denounce 'Trots, Stalinists, Communists and assorted hard left". But that 'assortment' turned out to be the majority.

She attempted to use the antisemitism smear even though the 'no confidence' resolution reaffirmed opposition to all forms of racism and anti-Semitism. Members saw through that diversion. Many had watched the undercover documentary from Al Jazeera in which she is shown making false charges of antisemitism.

The mover of the motion pointed to Peter Mandelson's statement that he worked every day to undermine Corbyn, and to Tony Blair's refusal to back Corbyn as a future prime minister, saying that Joan Ryan's actions have showed she has the same priority of damaging the Labour leadership, rather than fighting the Tories.

An Israeli party member said that Joan Ryan does not truly have Middle East peace at heart. Like Israeli prime minister Netanyahu, Ryan has talked about a two-state solution but her actions haven't supported that.

The member dismissed the allegations of widespread antisemitism in Labour, saying that coming from a family that had been hit by the holocaust she took the issue very seriously, but it was clearly being used as an artificial weapon against the left.

Labour Party activists will take courage from this vote after a summer in which they have too often felt on the defensive from attacks by the media and their own MPs.

But it should also serve as a lesson to Jeremy Corbyn and John McDonnell. Joan Ryan used a placatory interview given by John McDonnell to Jewish News, to claim he has supported her. Members brushed this off, but sending out mixed signals can confuse and demoralise.

There is no compromise on antisemitism to be had with the likes of Joan Ryan; they are interested in damaging the left, not in reaching agreement.

But if members are offered the chance to fight back they will take it. The meeting was the largest all-members meeting anyone could remember in Enfield North and for many present it was their first meeting.

The turnout shows the potential that still exists for a fight to select MPs who fight for socialist policies and to boot out the Tories if a firm lead is given.


This version of this article was first posted on the Socialist Party website on 7 September 2018 and may vary slightly from the version subsequently printed in The Socialist.

Why not click here to join the Socialist Party, or click here to donate to the Socialist Party.






Related links:

North London:

triangleHaringey 'Corbyn council': end the secrecy and confusion - lead a fight against the cuts

triangleNorth London Socialist Party: Zero tolerance to implementation of cuts in Haringey!

triangleNorth London Socialist Party: Socialism and the Environment

triangleLabour civil war rages in Enfield

triangleNorth London Socialist Party: Build a movement against racism

Labour:

triangleCorbyn supporter wins Welsh Labour leadership

triangleJohn Maclean - revolutionary fighter of the working class

triangleTory chaos reaches fever pitch

triangleFight Cardiff Council's school cuts

Right-wing:

triangleJohnson's burqa outburst highlights racist Tory hypocrisy

triangleBlairites go on saving Tories - boot them all out!

triangleCorbyn and unions must act to bring down government in crisis

Enfield:

triangleEnfield North: Open treachery from right wing Labour candidate

triangleLabour group to discipline councillors for resisting Haringey gentrification scheme

Labour Party:

triangleIslwyn Labour Party calls for council no-cuts budget

Antisemitism:

trianglePittsburgh Synagogue shootings: Unite to fight anti-Semitism and far right

Reports and campaigns

Reports and campaigns

13/12/18

Strike

UCU Wales suspends FE strike action

12/12/18

Domestic violence

Women's Lives Matter national meeting - a determination to fight cuts to domestic violence services

12/12/18

London

Jobs and homes not racism - kick the Tories out!

12/12/18

TUSC

New twist in Derby TUSC election agent case

12/12/18

Socialist Students

Socialist Students LJMU victory

12/12/18

Union

Workplace news in brief

12/12/18

Cheshire

Veolia waste workers vote for action in Cheshire

12/12/18

Hull

Hull council workers fight to protect sick pay

12/12/18

Hull

Spontaneous hull walkouts stick two fingers up at Tory anti-trade union laws

12/12/18

Chris Baugh

Select Chris Baugh as Left Unity AGS candidate

12/12/18

Shipyard

Strike action saves jobs at Cammell Laird shipyard

12/12/18

Airport

'Stansted 15' - outrageous guilty verdict

12/12/18

Fighting Fund

Give us a bumper Christmas cash boost!

12/12/18

Liverpool

Liverpool seafarers demand better conditions

5/12/18

CWU

WHSmith: hands off our Post Offices!

triangleMore Reports and campaigns articles...


Join the Socialist Party
Subscribe to Socialist Party publications
Donate to the Socialist Party
Socialist Party Facebook page
Socialist Party on Twitter
Visit us on Youtube

LATEST POSTS

CONTACT US

Phone our national office on 020 8988 8777

Email: info@socialistparty.org.uk

Locate your nearest Socialist Party branch Text your name and postcode to 07761 818 206

Regional Socialist Party organisers:

Eastern: 0798 202 1969

East Mids: 0773 797 8057

London: 020 8988 8786

North East: 0784 114 4890

North West 07769 611 320

South East: 020 8988 8777

South West: 07759 796 478

Southern: 07833 681910

Wales: 07935 391 947

West Mids: 02476 555 620

Yorkshire: 0114 264 6551

ABOUT US

ARCHIVE

Alphabetical listing


December 2018

November 2018

October 2018

September 2018

August 2018

July 2018

June 2018

May 2018

April 2018

March 2018

February 2018

January 2018

2017

2016

2015

2014

2013

2012

2011

2010

2009

2008

2007

2006

2005

2004

2003

2002

2001

2000

1999