Why is the Labour Leadership attacking the ‘soft left’?

Emergency Podcast! Once again Jeremy is joined by Professor Alan Finlayson at very short notice to discuss some very stupid action taken by the Labour Party leadership. This week the party has threatened Neal Lawson, Director of Compass with expulsion from the party. Why has this attracted headlines and outrage, and what does it mean? Have Neal and Compass gone too far in defending comrades on the left ? What is the ‘soft left’ of the Labour Party, where did it come from, and why is it now being attacked so viciously by the leadership? What is the history of political proscription and expulsion from the party, and what is distinctive about Labour politics now in 2023?