Young Labour’s International Officer Marcus Barnett is under fire after he blasted members of Community Union as “scabs”.
In a series of tweets the controversial Corbyn supporter describes “the left-baiting Blairite clique who run Labour Students” as “so fucking weird”, and to members of one of Labour’s longest-serving affiliates, the Community trade union, as “scabs who don’t mind being called scabs”. Labour’s NEC ruled in 2016 that members could be suspended or expelled for using the term “scab”, along with other terms including “scum” and “traitor”.
Barnett is currently said to be helping to lead a far-left backlash against Young Labour chair Miriam Mirtwich after she signed a joint letter calling on Jeremy Corbyn to hold a vote on Labour’s Brexit position at this year’s party conference.
Barnett has previously been criticised for praising Venezuelan dictator Nicolas Maduro and courted controversy by speaking at Sinn Fein’s annual conference. The party’s official Twitter account shared a photo of Barnett speaking from the platform at the party’s “Towards a United Ireland” in March, stating that he would be “[opening] our first panel discussion: what would a united Ireland look like?”. Labour’s official policy is to support devolved government and peace in Northern Ireland through the Good Friday Agreement secured by Tony Blair.