Yanis Varoufakis says Keir Starmer leaving Labour soulless after Ken Loach expelled

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Mr Loach, a veteran left-wing activist and Jeremy Corbyn supporter, claimed he’d be expelled on Saturday. In response, Mr Varoufakis, the former Greek finance minister, accused Sir Keir of expelling “Labour’s soul”.

He tweeted: “I just heard that Keir Starmer expelled Ken Loach from the Labour Party. I hope this is fake news.

“If not, all he managed is to expel Labour’s soul, leaving behind an arid, soulless Labour Party – one that is even poorer than under Blair.”

Last year Sir Keir expelled Mr Corbyn, the former Labour leader, from the party over his response to an anti-Semitism report.

Mr Corbyn still doesn’t hold the party whip in the House of Commons.

Mr Loach tweeted: “Labour HQ finally decided I’m not fit to be a member of their party, as I will not disown those already expelled.

“I am proud to stand with the good friends and comrades victimised by the purge. There is indeed a witch hunt.

“Starmer and his clique will never lead a party of the people. We are many, they are few. Solidarity.”

In July Labour’s ruling national executive committee voted to proscribe four hard-left groups.

Labour members can no longer be involved with Socialist Appeal, Resist, the Labour in Exile Network or Labour Against the Witch-hunt.

Reports of Mr Loach’s expulsion sparked fury from many Labour left-wing figures.

John McDonnell, the former shadow chancellor, tweeted: “To expel such a fine socialist who has done so much to further the cause of socialism is a disgrace.

“Ken’s films have exposed the inequalities in our society, have given us hope for change & inspired us to fight back.


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“I send my solidarity to my friend and comrade Ken Loach.”

The left-wing Morning Star newspaper added: “A disgraceful day for the Labour Party. Solidarity, Ken Loach.”

Mr Corbyn was suspended from Labour in October 2020, following his reaction to the Equalities and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) investigation into anti-Semitism within Labour.

The report found Labour breached the Equalities Act in two cases, by “committing unlawful harassment” against Jewish people.

It also concluded anti-Semitism within Labour could have been dealt with more effectively “if the leadership had chosen to do so”.

In response Mr Corbyn released a statement claiming anti-Semitism within Labour was “overstated”, sparking his expulsion from the party.

He was allowed back in 16-days later but still hasn’t had the Labour whip returned.

Express.co.uk has contacted the Labour Party for comment.
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