At Labor, a particularly symbolic figure has just taken the door.

Ken Loach, known for his commitment to the left, announced on Saturday that he had been excluded from the Labor Party.

The British filmmaker denounces a "witch hunt" within the main opposition movement in the United Kingdom, in the grip of sharp divisions between the centrist leadership and the left wing.

"The leadership of Labor has finally decided that I am not suitable to be a member of their party because I do not want to disavow those who have already been excluded," the 85-year-old director wrote on Twitter.

When questioned, Labor had not commented on Saturday at midday.

The rout of 2019

The filmmaker, winner of the Palme d'Or at Cannes in 2006 for

The Wind Rises

, was close to the previous leadership of the party led by the far-left Jeremy Corbyn, which attracted a large number of young activists but failed to managed to lead his movement to victory.

After the historic defeat suffered by the party in the legislative elections of 2019, the latter was replaced by the centrist Keir Starmer.

After a damning report denouncing the "unwillingness" of the party leadership to tackle anti-Semitism in its ranks, Keir Starmer suspended his predecessor, who questioned certain conclusions, then excluded him from the group parliamentary.

Since then, tensions have remained high between the management, accused of not having a clear strategy, and the left wing, from which four movements were excluded last month because “not compatible” with the values ​​of Labor.

“I am proud to stand with my good friends and fellow Purge victims,” Loach said on Saturday.

"Starmer and his clique will never lead a people's party."

These tensions herald a difficult annual convention next month for Keir Starmer, who hopes to breathe new life into his leadership at the event after a difficult start amid the coronavirus pandemic.


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