The Labour Party council has decided to expel Chris Carter from the party. While party members should be free to criticise the leadership, Carter went too far. He has repeatedly embarrassed and damaged the party. In doing so, he disrespected every member of the Labour Party – that’s the real crime.
It obviously wasn’t an easy decision for the Council. They took six hours to reach a conclusion. It came down to whether Carter’s actions went beyond legitimate criticism of the leadership into selfish and destructive behaviour. I think Carter’s subsequent behaviour, as much as that stupid letter itself, would have been crucial. His apology was not genuine. His repeated media showboating only served to keep the issue alive and derail Labour’s political agenda by allowing the media to focus on the trivialities of personal scandal, rather than real policy.