Channel 4 is reporting that it has seen evidence showing that, contrary to assertions by Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn, the Party’s enhanced disciplinary processes were not expected to be implemented until after the general election.
Mr Corbyn told the BBC’s Andrew Neil in a ‘car crash’ interview last week that he had “strengthened processes” since then and that “during the last few months” he had “proposed that egregious cases should be fast-tracked”.
However, Channel 4 has reported that an internal Labour Party document showing that in as late as mid-October a senior Party source did not expect the policy to be implemented until after the election.
Requests by Channel 4 for proof from Labour of the new processes having been introduced already were apparently initially ignored, but eventually Labour replied, insisting that the fast-track expulsion policy was now in force and that “a number of people have been expelled under those new powers” this month. As evidence, the Party pointed to remarks by the Party’s General Secretary, Jennie Formby, in the Jewish News over the weekend, which came after Mr Corbyn’s interview and the publication of Channel 4’s original article.
Channel 4’s conclusion: “Mr Corbyn claims to have ‘strengthened processes’, but the evidence we’ve seen casts doubt on whether the new policy has actually taken effect.”