Expelled Trotskyite politician 'rejoins Labour'

Hard-left former politician Derek Hatton says he has rejoined the Labour Party 33 years after being kicked out for belonging to a Trotskyite group.
The former deputy leader of Liverpool City Council said he was inspired by Jeremy Corbyn's "powerful socialist leadership".
Mr Hatton caused controversy in the 1980s after setting an illegal budget for the council and sending redundancy notices by taxi in 1985 to thousands of council workers.He and other members of the hard-left group Militant Tendency were blamed for making Labour, under leader Neil Kinnock, unelectable.The 70-year-old has written in the Liverpool Echo that he has rejoined Labour after the party conference, which ended on Wednesday.
Expelled Trotskyite politician 'rejoins Labour'

Mr Hatton in 1986 displaying his Labour membership card after being expelled
A Labour source claimed Mr Hatton is not currently a member of the party.However, there is not believed to be anything under the party's rules which would preclude him from being a member."We don't comment on individual memberships," a Labour Party spokeswoman said.
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