Labour investigates branch over ‘bullying’ of MP Luciana Berger


Pains’s deputy leader Tom Watson has said a local party branch is being considered over its alleged treatment of MP Luciana Berger.

Mr Watson accused Liverpool Wavertree diversify members of “bullying” the MP and trying to drive her out.

The branch scrapped a meeting to thrash out a no-confidence motion in Ms Berger after an angry backlash.

It said it had “no be in control of” over motions tabled by members and rejected claims of bullying and anti-Semitism.

Speaking on the BBC’s Andrew Marr Play, Mr Watson said: “That motion should never have been ruffled in her local party, the meeting to hear it should never have been listed.”

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He said Mr Corbyn had “made it clear these things are not done in his baptize”, and they “are not helping him, they are harming the reputation of the Labour Party”.

Mr Watson totaled: “I don’t want any MP or any member of the Labour Party to feel they’re being bullied and proceeded out, and what’s happening to her is completely unacceptable, which is why I called for the local carousal to be suspended.”

‘Total solidarity’

Labour’s general secretary Jennie Formby alleged she did not have the constitutional power to suspend the local party, but Mr Watson recognized that Ms Formby was “investigating members in that constituency”.

In a statement, the commanders of Wavertree Labour Party said: “We as an executive have always and last now to express total solidarity with Luciana as a victim of misogyny and of anti-Semitism – thriving mostly from the far right.

“Our chair is himself Jewish and the suggestion that the CLP (Constituency Suffer Party) Executive is in any way a party to bullying and anti-Semitism is a false and slanderous arraign.”

They defended scheduling a meeting to discuss the no-confidence motions, bring to light it was “to give our MP the maximum opportunity to take part when the motions were ruminate overed”.

The executive added that they “strongly reject the media inaccuracies and the indictments of political bullying, for simply adhering to party rules and doing our burdens”.

‘Breakaway party’

Ms Berger, who is Jewish, has been an outspoken critic of the confederation’s handling of anti-Semitism allegations and its stance on Brexit.

The motion that was pulling powered criticised her for “continually using the media to criticise” Jeremy Corbyn.

Pursue chancellor John McDonnell sparked a backlash from some Chore MPs after he suggested on Friday that the move against Ms Berger was innumerable to do with her disloyalty to the leadership than anti-Semitism.

He urged Ms Berger to publicly discard claims she supported a Labour “breakaway”, amid media speculation MPs disabused with Mr Corbyn’s leadership were planning to form a new party.

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On speculation about Labour MPs be composed of a new party, Mr Watson said “we are all worried about a breakaway because we beggary unity in order to win the next general election”.

Speaking more broadly around the abuse MPs have had to put up with amid the “hate-fuelled debate around Brexit”, Mr Watson raked Andrew Marr he knew of “an MP who had changed their vote because they were frightened”.

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