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Conference turns away Jewish Voice for Labour co-chair and other delegates

Parliamentary reporter @TrinderMatt

JEWISH Voice for Labour co-chair Leah Levane was among a number of left delegates who said they had been turned away from the Labour Party conference today.

Ms Levane told the Morning Star that she had been refused entry to the annual event in Brighton as she had been “administratively suspended” after being threatened with auto-exclusion last month.

She said this was due to her apparent support for the Labour in Exile Network and Labour Against the Witchhunt — two of four groups proscribed by the party in July.

Ms Levane said of the delegates’ experience at conference: “I am not surprised, although of course disappointed. This is not about anti-semitism but is part of the overall attack on the left. 

“This matters because only the left have the ideas to address the crises facing working-class people in this country. 

“Why should voters trust a party that treats its own committed, fee-paying, volunteering members with such disdain?”

Socialist Appeal, another group proscribed this year, said that some of its members had been kicked out of conference or denied access to it.

Delegate for Leeds Central constituency Labour Party Jonathan Lees was reportedly escorted from the conference floor by security guards for wearing a T-shirt that read “Starmer Out.”

Socialist Appeal said he had his name taken by police and had to hand over his conference pass before he was led out of the building.

The group said that Mr Lees was co-delegate to a disabled woman who was left extremely distressed and without access to her medicine.

Fellow group member and Hexham CLP delegate Kate Osborne, who was reportedly blocked from entering conference, said there was an ongoing purge “designed to weaken the left and to make safe the Labour Party from socialism and return it to being a party of big business.”

Labour has been contacted for comment. 

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