Suspended Labour donor Michael Foster ‘victim of purge’

A prominent Labour donor says his suspension from the party for likening Jeremy Corbyn’s leadership to Nazi stormtroopers is part of a “purge”.

Michael Foster made the comparison in a Mail on Sunday article last month after he lost a court battle to block Mr Corbyn from standing for re-election.

He denies he breached party rules.

Shadow chancellor John McDonnell said the article had been “appalling”, but the suspension “doesn’t abide by process of natural justice”.

Speaking to BBC Radio 4’s The World This Weekend, Mr Foster said Labour was using “badly drawn, widely written rules to purge from the party people that do not toe the hard left line”.

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