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Sir Keir Starmer ‘censured’ at AGM of Haldane Society of Socialist Lawyers

ANY reapplication by Sir Keir Starmer to the Haldane Society of Socialist Lawyers will need approval by a general meeting as he is “demonstrably not a socialist,” the group said today.

The Labour leader had resigned from the group when he was appointed Director of Public Prosecutions in 2008.

The group’s chairman Declan Owens said that Sir Keir was “censured” by attendees at the annual general meeting on Tuesday night as they were disappointed over his stance on a variety of policies.

A motion proposed by group member Nick Bano, which passed,  lists the “appalling policy positions” that Sir Keir has taken since he succeeded Jeremy Corbyn as leader of the party in April 2020.

They include: whipping Labour MPs and peers to abstain on the Covert Human Intelligence Sources Bill, “abandoning” a leadership election pledge committing to migrants’ rights, “silencing” left-wing and pro-Palestinian voices in the party, “failing” to take action against Islamophobia and anti-black racism in the party, and “failing” to take any action against Labour MPs with “hateful and dangerous” attitudes towards transgender people.

The passed motion states that he will not be allowed to rejoin the group until his readmittance is “agreed by a future general meeting.”

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