Nick Wrack has been expelled from the Labour Party, without right of appeal, by a decision of the Executive Committee of Camberwell and Peckham Constituency Labour Party on 27 February.
This decision was taken without reference to The Lane ward Labour Party, of which Nick was a member, and without reference to the General Committee of the CLP. It was taken without consultation with the 2,000 new members who have joined the local CLP since Jeremy Corbyn was elected leader of the Labour Party.
Nick was not given notice of the reason for his expulsion until after the decision was taken to expel him. He was not allowed to attend the EC or to put his case.
The reason given for Nick’s expulsion – that he stood as a candidate against Labour within a two-year period before becoming a member and is therefore ‘auto-excluded’ (see letter on next page) – does not appear in the Labour Party rule book.
Nick says, “It is no secret that I stood as a socialist candidate for Left Unity/TUSC against Harriet Harman in the general election in May last year. I can understand some Labour Party members having doubts about to me joining. But when I stood I was not a Labour Party member and I broke no party rules.
The letter from the Labour Party Compliance Unit says that by standing against Labour I auto-excluded myself from the party, even though I wasn’t a member at the time.
I have resigned from both TUSC and Left Unity. I have given undertakings that I will not support any candidates against Labour.
I have joined the Labour Party because, like a hundred thousand other new or re-joining members, I see that the election of Jeremy Corbyn has begun a profound change inside the Labour Party and I want to be part of that. I have been a lifelong socialist and I want to help build support for socialist policies across Britain. I want all socialists to join the Labour Party.
The Labour Party is changing for the better. But there are still those in the Labour Party, it seems, who will do everything they can to stop change happening. They want to keep dedicated socialists like me out, while having no problems with ex-Tory, Lib-Dem and UKIP candidates joining.
The reason for my expulsion is clearly politically motivated by those opposed to Jeremy Corbyn and the new policies he wants Labour to adopt.
The Labour Party needs socialists in it. Don’t allow the right wing to get away with expelling them.”