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:

triangleNorth London Socialist Party: Fighting for socialist policies after the election - what will be needed?

triangleEnfield North Labour Party: Defend local democracy

triangleNorth London Socialist Party: Stop Turkey's military offensive on the Syrian Kurds!

triangleNorth London Socialist Party: May has gone - general election now!

triangleNorth London Socialist Party: End Israeli state slaughter

Labour:

triangleAfter the defeat

triangleThe Socialist inbox

triangleMake a stand: set legal no-cuts council budgets

triangleTo win back working-class trust Labour must take the 'Liverpool road'

Right-wing:

triangleBolivia: Right-wing coup ousts Morales

triangleEnfield North socialists lobby candidate stitch-up

triangleFar right pose increasing terrorism threat

Enfield:

triangleUnite regional committee votes to support anti-cuts Enfield councillor

triangleUnite housing branch supports stand of Enfield councillor

Labour Party:

triangleReverse Unison's undemocratic nomination of Blairite Starmer

Antisemitism:

triangleAttacks show elite fear a Corbyn election win

Reports and campaigns

Reports and campaigns

23/1/20

London

Unite regional committee votes to support anti-cuts Enfield councillor

22/1/20

East London

A win against academisation in east London

22/1/20

Council

Make a stand: set legal no-cuts council budgets

22/1/20

Tamil Solidarity

Building Tamil Solidarity with youth and the unions

22/1/20

Royal Mail

Royal Mail workers to reballot for strike action

22/1/20

South Yorkshire

"If you think bus and rail services are crap, sign our petition to take them back"

22/1/20

Belfast

Belfast Hovis workers' all-out strike

22/1/20

PCS

Renewing the left in PCS

22/1/20

Liverpool

Capitalism fails NHS services in Liverpool: scrap PFI!

15/1/20

Young people

Young people who voted for Corbyn's manifesto will now ask... How can we win those ideas?

15/1/20

Scotland

Massive Scottish independence demo marks new stage in struggle

15/1/20

London

London: Protesters return to oppose Middle East war

15/1/20

Government

Cladding scandal: Government steps up defence of landlords

15/1/20

Nottingham

Nottingham: Youth protest against Barclays 64 million fossil-fuel investments

15/1/20

Strike

Westex Carpet strike reaches two month mark

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: 079 8202 1969

East Mids: 077 3797 8057

London: 020 8988 8786

North East: 078 4114 4890

North West 079 5437 6096

South West: 077 5979 6478

Southern: 078 3368 1910

Wales: 079 3539 1947

West Mids: 024 7655 5620

Yorkshire: 077 0671 0041

ABOUT US

ARCHIVE

Alphabetical listing


January 2020

2019

2018

2017

2016

2015

2014

2013

2012

2011

2010

2009

2008

2007

2006

2005

2004

2003

2002

2001

2000

1999