The Labour Party Rules, Chapter 2, Rule A (4) (b).
“A member of the party who joins and/or supports a political organisation other than an official Labour group or other unit of the party, or supports any candidate who stands against an official Labour candidate, or publicly declares their intent to stand against a Labour candidate, shall automatically be ineligible to be or remain a party member….”
Lord Ahmed, 12 October 2010
“I’m a Labour peer and for a Labour peer to come and support someone like Lutfur Rahman, I know that I could get into trouble, but…I’ve no hesitation in supporting Lutfur Rahman because he is the best candidate.”
This isn’t the first time that Lord Ahmed has been expelled from the Labour Party. I believe that he was suspended, during his brief period of imprisonment for dangerous driving, in connecting with a car crash in which a young man was killed.
Here’s an idea. Lord Ahmed clearly has a greater affinity for the far Right clerical fascist party, Jamaat-e-Islami, than he does for social democracy. Here he is, for example, scheduled to speak alongside two very senior Jamaat-e-Islami activists, one of whom is a hate preacher who has been banned from both Belgium and the Netherlands.
After his expulsion from the Labour Party, why doesn’t Ahmed sit openly as a Jamaat-e-Islami peer? Surely that’s essentially what he is, in any case?