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Anna McAleavy, Chair of Labour Party Northern Ireland, today echoed Len McCluskey’s statement issued on 9 July expressing his concern at Tom Watson’s statement about his withdrawal from talks aimed at resolving the crisis in the Labour Party.

Ms McAleavy added:

'On 1 July, Labour Party in Northern Ireland issued a statement which said, “At an uncertain time like this for the country, the Executive Committee of LPNI does not believe that it makes sense for a party in opposition to plunge itself into a Civil War. It is for our members to decide who leads our Party and 10 months ago they gave Jeremy Corbyn a resounding mandate.”  We stand by this statement.'

Mr McCluskey, leader of the UK and Ireland’s largest union, Unite, had been making arrangements for a special meeting of trade union leaders, Tom Watson, Deputy Leader of the Labour Party, representatives of the Parliamentary Labour Party and the Party Leader scheduled to take place on 10 July.

Mr McCluskey said:

“I am dismayed at the statement issued by Tom Watson announcing his withdrawal from talks aimed at resolving the crisis in the Labour Party.

“Extraordinarily I received no notice of this statement before it was issued.  I had made arrangements for a meeting of trade union leaders, Tom Watson and representatives of the PLP and the Party Leader for tomorrow, arrangements requested by Tom Watson and his colleagues, specifically for Mr Watson’s convenience.

“In that context, when the possibility of a workable plan had never seemed closer, Tom Watson’s actions today can only look like an act of sabotage fraught with peril for the future of the Labour party.

 “I must clarify one point in Tom Watson’s statement; I made it absolutely clear from the outset of these discussions that Jeremy Corbyn’s resignation as the leader was not on the agenda. Mr Watson knew that, and it is entirely wrong to suggest that any public statement by Jeremy represented any change in the situation. This is a deeply disingenuous manoeuvre.

“I will continue to work with trade union colleagues and others to chart a way forward, including meeting the legitimate concerns of Labour MPs.”

“Should there have to be a leadership election, I must warn that any attempts to keep Jeremy Corbyn, elected just 10 months ago with an enormous mandate, off the ballot paper by legal means risks a lasting division in the party.”

“It is time for everyone to commit to a democratic and dignified procedure as the only way to avert such a disaster for working people.”

 

Statement by the Labour Party in Northern Ireland 10.07.2016

Anna McAleavy, Chair of Labour Party Northern Ireland, today echoed Len McCluskey’s statement issued on 9 July expressing his concern at Tom Watson’s statement about his withdrawal from talks aimed...

Anna McAleavy, Chair of Labour Party in Northern Ireland, has called on all local politicians to condemn hate crimes here and support Amnesty International’s campaign against racism and xenophobia.

‘In recent weeks we have seen an increase in reports of hate crimes across the UK.

‘Here in Northern Ireland we have also heard of an increase in racist attacks and remarks.

‘All local politicians must condemn hate crimes here.  Their silence risks legitimizing such attacks.’

https://www.amnesty.org.uk/actions/tell-your-local-council-stand-against-hate-crimes-racism-xenophobia

Ms McAleavy also stressed LPNI support for Shadow Home Secretary Andy Burnham's call in the House of Commons this week, when he demanded a timetable for the government’s new hate crime strategy.

'Andy Burnham called for reassurances to be directed at EU and other foreign nationals living in this country regarding their immigration status.  That is a call we echo, just as we note our thanks for the fantastic contribution made by EU and other foreign nationals who have chosen to make their homes here.'

 

Statement by the Labour Party in Northern Ireland 08.07.2016

Anna McAleavy, Chair of Labour Party in Northern Ireland, has called on all local politicians to condemn hate crimes here and support Amnesty International’s campaign against racism and xenophobia.

Press statement issued by the Labour Party in Northern Ireland in support of Len McCluskey's mediation efforts in the Labour Party leadership dispute.

10.00pm 07.07.16
 
The Labour Party in Northern Ireland welcomes the efforts of Len McCluskey, General Secretary of Unite union, to broker a settlement to the leadership dispute between Jeremy Corbyn MP and the Parliamentary Labour Party.
 
It is vitally important to bring the various wings of the party together so that we can face the Tories in a General Election as a united party.
 
Contact:  Boyd Black  07715045985

 

Statement by the Labour Party in Northern Ireland 07.07.2016

Press statement issued by the Labour Party in Northern Ireland in support of Len McCluskey's mediation efforts in the Labour Party leadership dispute.

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