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Second leader resigns after 'Momentum campaign'

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The Labour leader of Harlow DC has stepped down and resigned from the party, claiming councillors have replaced the parliamentary party as the “focus for the hard left’s ire”.

In a post on his website today, Jon Clempner described the Labour Party as “a deeply unpleasant place” and claimed he had been forced out by supporters of campaign group Momentum.

He admitted to “not reacting well” to a campaign against his leadership by “a local Momentum organiser” and being called a neo-Nazi “by some Corbyn t-shirt wearing person” at Labour conference.

Cllr Clempner added: “Events at a national level targeting Labour councillors and Labour councils that do not conform to the particular form of ideological purity… seems to have taken a grip of the party.”

“Councillors, unless formally endorsed by the privately owned company Momentum, seem to have replaced the Parliamentary Labour Party as the focus of the hard left’s ire.”

Cllr Clampner’s resignation comes after Haringey LBC’s leader Claire Kober announced she will be standing down at May’s election following a decision by Labour national executive committee to intervene over plans for a controversial partnership with Australian developer Lendlease.

Cllr Kober slammed “febrile politics” and warned the party that “ideological dogma will do nothing to improve” the lives of Haringey’s families in temporary accommodation and on the borough’s housing waiting list.

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