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No Labour grandee is above the rules of the party – Campbell had to go

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Don’t be deceived: Alastair Campbell knew exactly what he was doing when he publicly declared his support for an opposition party; not least the party that propped up cruel Tory austerity, and supported benefit cuts in exchange for a 5p plastic bag charge when in coalition.

Despite his statement that he is “and always will be Labour”, he did vote Liberal Democrat and the Labour Party rulebook (Chapter 2 Paragraph 4 to be precise) clearly states that members who support a party other than Labour are automatically ineligible for membership.

He has a right to appeal this decision, of course, but it seems like a pretty cut and dry case to me, akin to many I have seen at the National Executive Committee before. It would amaze me if the appeal was successful, having encountered cases markedly similar to Campbell’s on the NEC Disputes Sub-Committee which the party have implemented: would we have to reverse all these similar past........

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