OVER 40 people attended a public meeting in central London on Thursday of last week. They decided to campaign against the Labour Party and MSF union leadership's attacks on the MSF London region. The Labour Party has ruled that MSF members in London cannot vote in the party's mayoral candidate election because of a late payment in affiliation fees. When three London region MSF branch officers challenged the ruling they were suspended by their national leadership.
Two of those officers, Hugh McGrillen and Sue Michie, spoke at the public meeting. Sue said, 'It is about the drive to stop votes for Ken Livingstone.' Hugh said, 'There has to be a real protest campaign. Already a large number of reps have written in to head office to complain about the suspensions.' Union members proposed that a hustings for the candidates for mayor should be organised. This was enthusiastically received.
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