British ex Labour MP quits ‘new’ Labour

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From British daily The Guardian:

Former MP Alice Mahon quits ‘undemocratic’ Labour party

Ex-Halifax MP accuses party of betraying values and principles that inspired her to join it as a teenager

* Mark Tran

* Saturday 18 April 2009

A Labour veteran today resigned from the party and accused it of betraying the values and principles that inspired her to join as a teenager.

Alice Mahon, who was the Halifax MP between 1987 and 2005 and a party member for more than 50 years, said in her resignation letter she had hoped Labour would return to its progressive roots under Gordon Brown, but “in the event I could not have been more wrong”.

The 71-year-old was particularly scathing about the email “smeargate” scandal that led to the resignation of the prime minister’s special adviser Damian McBride. …

“I was sickened by that – that is not the Labour party that I joined all those years ago.”

In a letter to the Halifax constituency Labour party, she wrote: “This has been a difficult decision to take, as I feel I was almost born into the Labour party.

“However, I can no longer be a member of a party that, at the leadership level, has betrayed many of the values and principles that inspired me, as a teenager, to join.”

The leftwinger attacked Brown for privatising public services and failing to tackle the excesses of bankers.

She also hit out at the government’s foreign policy. …

Brown has just announced plans to send another 900 troops to Afghanistan, billions to be spent on an unwinnable war and pensioners dare not turn on their heating because this government will not tackle the energy fat cats.”

She said she was angry at the “despicable” treatment of Janet Oosthuysen, a mother of three who won a close contest to stand as a prospective parliamentary candidate in Calder Valley last year but was deselected by the National Executive committee over a police caution after her former partner’s car was damaged.

Mahon contrasted the NEC’s actions with its silence in the expenses row involving the home secretary, Jacqui Smith.

“My final reason for leaving the party is because it is no longer democratic,” she said.

“The personally vindictive, dishonest, campaign played out on the pages of the tabloids by certain Labour party members to deselect Janet Oosthuysen was despicable.

“Quite simply, I have had it with New Labour.”

Mahon’s public break with the party is the latest blow to Labour ahead of what are expected to be dismal local and European elections on 4 June.

See also here. And here. And here.

Labour smear scandal: here.

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