Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Labour Activist Quits in Row over 'Poisonous' Splits

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Labour Activist Quits in Row over 'Poisonous' Splits

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Byline: Kate Proctor Political Reporter

A LONG-STANDING Labour campaigner today accused party bosses of turning a blind eye to "bruising" in-fighting as he stepped down from its biggest London branch.

Richard Horton, 35, resigned as chair of the 700-strong branch in Stroud Green with a letter saying a "poisonous atmosphere" had driven him to quit.

He suggested leader Jeremy Corbyn is either unaware or showing a "deliberate blindness" to factional splits among grassroots supporters.

Stroud Green is in Haringey, where council leader Claire Kober stepped down last month claiming she had been bullied by hard-Left activists in a row over a PS2 billion housing scheme.

Mr Horton, a marketing executive, told the Standard how his branch changed dramatically after Momentum-backed candidates were elected. He has campaigned for Labour for 12 years, including working full-time on the 2010 general election, and canvassed with Mr Corbyn in his Islington North constituency. …

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