commented on About LI
2018-03-08 09:44:16 +0000
Eligibility to join Labour international.
As a Labour Party member in Northern Ireland I would like to know if I am eligible to join Labour International.
As I’m sure you are aware, members of the UK Labour Party who reside in N. Ireland have been disenfranchised in that they can neither form local CLPs (N.I. as a whole being one CLP) nor stand candidates in any election, at any level, either National, Devolved Assembly or Local Council.
This situation is an infringement of our human rights as citizens of the UK and its legality is questionable to say the least.
The Party rules, which dictate this, are based on the mistaken notion that to allow us to function in the same way as the rest of the Party throughout the UK would be divisive, and that the Party would be seen to be taking sides in a divided society.
By some strange logic Labour policy makers have decided that N. Ireland is not an integral part of the UK, in the same way as either Wales or Scotland. In fact, N. Ireland is a more integral part of the UK since it does not hold the status of being a Country, unlike Wales and Scotland.
Since the Party refuses to recognise its N. I. Members as full citizens of the UK, then by the same logic we must be international members of the UK Labour Party, therefore eligible to join Labour International.
I await your reply in anticipation.
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