I am back down in Brighton for the Labour Party Conference. Credit were it is due – this is a very different conference from the ones I attended when Corbyn was leader. But it is also true that if you scratch the surface there are signs of serious trouble ahead. And as a reminder of how toxic the party can still be – I was thrown out of a Jewish Voice for Labour event (again!).
Here is the story:
Inside the party conference venue
Walking through the exhibition halls it was immediately clear that things have changed. Last time, ‘Palestine’ was everywhere, and every other stand had posters, flags, badges and leaflets declaring their solidarity. This year, even the ever-reliable Morning Star stand didn’t hold any ‘pro-Palestinian’ material. Outside of the Palestine Solidarity Campaign stand – there was nothing to see anywhere. In another good sign, the Labour Friends of Israel stand was back too – and the people manning the pro-Israel stall reported that they had experienced many positive conversations.
In both 2017 and 2019, over half the delegates wore PSC lanyards, and there were runners scouting the halls and handing them out to everyone they could. This year,the PSC stall was quiet. A lone and bored-looking volunteer sat waiting for someone, anyone to show an interest. The lanyards did start to appear though – and when I asked a few delegates where they got them from they all said the same- they had been given them outside the venue. So I went outside to take a look at what was happening.
Outside the venue
Given how many members of the toxic Jewish Voice for Labour have been suspended, it made sense that they would be doing their work on delegates from outside the venue. After all, a lot of them could not get inside. Just the night before, their co-Chair Leah Levane had been expelled from the party – and when she turned up to go to the conference she was refused entry to the event.
So JVL were out in force, with leaflets and posters telling everyone what victims they are.
It is sickening to watch these people go from delegate to delegate, poisoning the minds of others. I even saw Carol Foster, who was an admin of Palestine Live and had written a vicious antisemitic poem about the ‘Jewish Lobby’ – walking around telling Labour members that she and her friends were being targeted for no reason.
The PSC lanyard people were outside the venue too – looking for those who would stand in solidarity with them:
I watched this crowd for a while and then went back inside – there were debates on two constitutional votes that I needed to sit through.
The first vote at the party conference
The first debate was on the adoption of constitutional laws to adhere to EHRC rulings following the damning report which had concluded the Labour Party acted unlawfully. There was not really much choice in this but the vote still had to pass. It was clear from the debate that this was going to receive a large majority. Jewish members spoke and received ovations – other members came out in solidarity. Very few dissented.
When one woman shouted out about ‘Palestine’ she was quickly silenced. When another raised the Palestinian flag they were told flags were not allowed in the conference hall. This was all million miles from the toxic atmosphere at the 2017 and 2019 events.
The second vote and a warning
The trouble here is that many of the people in the hall giving the Jewish members standing ovations – were also in the hall waving the Palestinian flag in 2019 or treating JVL as heroes in 2017. Many of these delegates are sheep, just leaning in the direction of the wind. At the moment that wind is blowing towards Keir Starmer.
Which is why, as welcome as it was to feel a different breeze in the hall, we cannot read too much into what we are witnessing. Yes there are some good signs – but there are bad signs also. Which brings me to the second vote.
Two sides of the same coin
The second debate was about a change to the leadership election process. Starmer wanted to change the system so as to make another Corbyn style takeover much more difficult.
This debate was different. Speaker after speaker took to the stand and this was a different breed. Most signalled their opposition to the changes. There was one who did it in a Corbyn t-shirt. Another had a JVL badge. Most had PSC lanyards.
Starmer won this vote too – but only just – with 52% of the vote. These delegates may have been forced to give up on the EHRC battle – but they were not willing to so easily surrender their hope for another Corbyn style project in the future.
It was an odd spectacle because the same ethical force drove both debates. On the one hand the floor roundly stood with their Jewish colleagues who had been so badly treated. On the other many refused to rule out repeating the exercise That contradiction is a sign of how much trouble the party is still in.
Kicked out of the JVL event (again!) at the party conference
After the vote I headed down to a Jewish Voice For Labour Event but I didn’t even make it through the door. As I arrived I met Theo Usherwood from LBC, who told me he had just been assualted by Tony Greenstein and evicted from the event. Glyn Secker appeared – the Secretary of JVL – and promptly told me to leave the building. They eventually allowed Theo back into the event – but Secker stood his ground with me and told me to leave. I informed him that I knew he had people expelled from the party at the event – he simply said ‘he knew’.
And here is the key issue. This event was an official ‘Fringe’ event. It is listed in the official Party Conference catalogue. Under the event description it explicitly states that a conference pass was needed to gain entry:
This makes what happened to me – the direct fault of Starmer and the Labour Party. How did expelled or disgraced members gain access to an event that was closed to just those with Conference passes? Tony Greenstein was there. Jackie Walker too. And several others. And it is not like they sneaked in and hid at the back, both of these disgraced ex-Labour members played a role in the event and were given a platform to speak:
The Labour Party once again placed Jews in harms way by legitmising and advertising the JVL event. We are well past the time for discussion. This is a toxic group of antisemites who joined the party to cause trouble and pose a threat to the majority of Jewish Labour Party members. JVL must be proscribed and all its members thrown out.
This is not one party
The reason danger still lies ahead for us all is because the current Labour Party is not a single party – it is two. A Corbyn type extremist can lead – and he will bring in swarms from the toxic left and gain Islamist support, but the red wall will always crumble around him. The more traditional Labour voters will simply not identify with such a party.
Or the membership can opt for moderation, trying to woo back the traditional support. But the only way to do this is to alienate the far left and the Islamists. We are currently on such a curve. Yet this is not enough to win an election either and there is no way to tie the two groups together. These are two separate parties.
Which means the hard-left can take the party once more – and this is why the battle over the second vote was far more serious. The toxic left know they lost the battle on antisemitism and they need to regroup. What they didn’t want to do was lose the second vote, which would make such a rebirth much harder to do.
So as good as some of the news is – those who are rejoicing are overstating the win at the Labour Party Conference. Keir Starmer’s ‘closed door‘ comment was embarrassingly premature. Unless Starmer dissects his own party, this is no more than a ‘Hudna‘ – a strategic ‘time-out’. Many of those that took the Labour Party into the gutter are still there – and that is something that should give all those who are rejoicing much to worry about.
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53 thoughts on “The Labour Party conference (and being thrown out at another JVL event)”
David seems intent on challenging Scoffie in the getiing slung out of events for hooliganism stakes. Ge has no chance.
Stephen is typing whilst driving again. I have warned him about this in one of our little chats.
When he comes here he always says he’s totally not arsed to come here and now it seems he’s totally not arsed about killing little kiddies on the road whilst he’s dashing here to express his not arsedness. Hope he doesn’t kill his own kiddies.
There is no need for you to worry about the killing of my kiddies. They are not Israeli so sleep easy
Stephen’s back and talking about Israelis this time, people he always says that he “couldn’t give a flying fuck about.”
All this not-arsedness is getting him very muddled and doing nothing for road safety. Still, he’s not in Israel so at least our kids are safe from his negligent driving if not his own.
Ian are you of the opinion that your casual reader is as interested in me as you are ?
Stephen’s back again poking away in his totally not arsed way. 6 posts from him already here along with his half dozen in the previous episode.
Looks like he’s only a bit not-arsed after all.
I will take that as a yes
The “quality” of trolls on this board has gone wayyyyy down when Dumb-Bell is left carrying his tattered, lonely, pathetic and mucus-smeared battleflag for the not-so-glorious cause. Dumb-Bell is stupid and deranged, but he’s stupid and deranged in a 12-year old edgelord kind of way, not in the Muck Framer/Chuzz Alban “screaming out the talking points of far-Leftists who love Nazis/Nazis who love far-Leftists” way. Dumb-Bell is ultimately…empty dead air. Nothing more.
Ben that was not nice
Nakba is ALWAYS nice. 🙂
Excellent work, David.
I have a couple of thoughts.
I wonder if it would be possible / worthwhile to make an official complaint that racist / expelled ex-members are not only sneaking in, but blatantly speaking at official Party Fringe events, and demand that Conference officials a) exclude from the venue any group or person that permits or encourages this, as it breaks Conference regs and b) immediately closes an event where it occurs?
Assuming there are more fringe events that you wish to attend, is it worth asking a Conference official to accompany you as you seek to attend them? That might stop them excluding you.
“I was thrown out of a Jewish Voice for Labour event (again!).”
It doesn’t really matter about anything that Labour do right now as they continue to prove what an unelectable joke they are….
Andy McDonald’s resignation only serves to prove what a divided mess they still are….not to mention Corbyn continuously taking pot shots from the wings….
At a time when we have lost 100k of our citizens to Covid and supermarket shelves are empty and people are unable to even fill up their cars with petrol – Boris and co continue to ride high above Labour in the polls?
In order to win power then you have to get people to vote for you. And branding 14m voters as “scum” is not the best way to do that…..take note Angela Rayner!
Ah well…..never mind…..
Brilliant David, as always, you send us postcards from the darkest corners of the Labour Party. But it may be that you rejoiced prematurely given the recent anti-Israeli motions at the conference, including a demand for the “return” of Palestinians “refugees” and lifting the blockade of Gaza without a single word about murderous Hamas.
Labour may have changed leaders, but half the party stayed the same.
I didn’t rejoice Saul. Far from it. The Labour Party cannot possibly be saved without dealing with growing societal antisemitism – including Islamist antisemitism. As Labour will not dare to touch Islamist antisemitism – it cannot possibly clean itself.
Sold their souls to Moloch, who actually hates them all, poor blind fools. great article as always, David.
I see that that wanky Jew bashing Prof that DC’s been campaigning against has lost his Uni gig.
Our Dave’s good at this stuff having got that sometime Domme and full time anti-Semitic councillor kicked out of the Labour Party.
Great double hit; Getting the Lecturer out of Bristol and getting the Bristols out of the lecher. (ta dah !)
“My daughter has now been in #Israel for over a year and she is serving as a lone soldier in @IDF…”
Most IOF soldiers are addicted to alcohol and drugs which deaden the pain of what they are ordered to do.
To earn money for drugs, many female (and male) IOF soldiers turn to prostitution. You filthy Zios are a degenerate lot. Bet your daughter is a completely different person now David!
Now if you’ll excuse me, I’ve got to pray. ?
Long Time No Hear…
Long Time ETERNAL NABKA.
We know you’re a moron Edward.
ImaM Oron, Please send my Nakba Mubarak greetings to your fellow Imams.
Aaah, our Brucie’s back.
No Pro-Zionist site is complete without a Brucie and now we have ours back in the house. Hope his little “sabbatical” was not too uncomfortable.
What’s it like living in a paranoid, genocidal, apartheid state, dependent on the USA, hated by all, always at war – both at home and abroad – that could come crashing down at any moment, Ian?
Likely the cause of widespread mental health issues amongst you Zios.
Now if you’ll excuse me, I’ve got to pray. ?
Our Brucie’s really making up for lost time isn’t he? Speaking of lost time he seems relatively unscathed by his “time” away.
Pray for NAKBA. It’s only prayer you’ll have answered.
And what’s the deal with IslamoFascist Iran? Threatening the US, Israel, Saudi Arabia.
IslamoFascist Iran has a strong Death Wish.
HaShem granted me a vision of you Edward. You were dressed in an orange boiler suit with a dark stain you know where ?
Now I will pray for peace…..with justice ?
The terms of mandatory psychological evaluations of individuals who are (barely) able to keep themselves alive but have the IQ of a plate of scrambled eggs can be ascertained from the roughly two-months long gap between Brutes Leaky spraying diarrhea all over himself on this board. He’ll never get better, but at some point the planet will do his tortured existence a favor, and he’ll die of natural causes and have a funeral with maybe one paid mourner in attendance. I truly wish this peace for him.
Ben, I’d like to say a prayer for you, then take out my Torah scroll… shove it down your fat throat and make you spit out every word. You might learn a thing or two.
Now if you’ll excuse me, I have to pray.
I was at school with a Mayer Levy. Very good cellist. Wonder if it’s the same chap.
If your “prayers” don’t involve begging the higher powers to change absolutely everything about yourself, you are completely and absolutely wasting your time.
Judeo-Nazis like David, Scoffy, and that Cohen character are part of the antisemitism INDUSTRY where charlatans, egotists, con men, lunatics and hustlers, who make nice living off this, attempt to persuade the stupid and gullible that antisemitism is hiding behind every door and under every rock and that another “shoah” may be around the corner unless they offer financial support.
Nice early start for our Brucie this morning and it’s slogans and milk for brekkie. Nice.
How did you like prison food Brucey?
Did you find it spiritually nourishing?
In regards to your post David, I don’t see why Judeo-Nazis such as your kind, should be allowed into any political discourse.
Now if you’ll excuse me, I’ve got to pray ?
ImaM Oron, Chief Imam and Grand Mufti of Londonistan,
Happy Nakba to your Jihads and Workplace Accidents!
We know you’re a moron Edward.
Full day here for our Brucie yesterday; first in, last out. Still after his little “sabbatical”, he probably thinks about time in a different way.
Keep praying for moschiach Brucey lad…
And for the swift rebuilding of our temple in Jerusalem in accordance with the messianic prophesies….
Never forget that it is your duty as a Rabbi to do that….
And may the redeemer come to Zion and let us say….
Play the ‘Jew Card’ again, Scoffy – I mean Ken.
When you kick off, will be glad to have my Imam colleague say a prayer at your graveside.
Now if you’ll excuse me, I have to pray ?
Definition of irony….
A Jew hating sack of d0gsh1t (who calls himself “rabbi” in order to “disguise” his Jew hatred) accusing somebody else of “playing the Jew card” ???
? ? ? ? ?
You literally could not make this shit up….
Happy for you and your Imam “friend” to say a prayer at my graveside….
I’m being buried at sea….!
Anyone off to the Tory Party conference in Manchester UK today ?
There’s a nice big booth for the Conservative Friends of Israel. Lovely people.
Your favourite Rabbi will be in attendance to Kosher the huge anti-Zio presence expected
Notice our Brucie’s quite consistent posting times since his return from “sabbatical”. I wonder in what circumstances a person would have very restricted access to the internet at specific times every day.
Wonderful stuff from Boris and Liz Truss at the Tory Party Conference. Great friends of Israel and lovely people.
In my capacity as Deputy Chief Rabbi and Mayer of London, I Koshered the UK’s first ‘Zionist-Free building in the UK.
More to come.
How was your parole officer today Brucey? Not in a bad mood I hope?
Whatever makes you think I was in the clink, Scoffy?
Now if you’ll excuse me, I have to finish off my delicious Ben & Jerry’s ice cream.
The pattern of consist posting times continues for our Brucie. What could be the reason for this tiny window of daily internet accessibility that he’s operating in? Any ideas?
Worth keeping an eye on this.
It’s probably when he’s on a break from doing his community service….
Make sure you clean all that dog shit up Brucey lad…?
Funny, because YOU’RE the convicted criminal. Assault, I believe.
Still sticking to pretending that I’m someone that I’m not?
Must be nice living in a permanent fantasy world?
Nurse will be round with your meds shortly…
Sweet dreams loonster….
Your hatred for Palestinians comes through in your writing. And, perhaps you should consider stopping your consistent generalization about people? You do realize that’s an element of the IHRA, right? Don’t ascribe the actions of one to all?
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