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Labour is facing protests after its ruling body decided to expel four left-wing groups because they are “not compatible” with the party’s values.

The groups – Resist, Socialist Appeal, Labour in Exile Network and Labour Against the Witchhunt – were proscribed by Labour’s National Executive.

Momentum – the biggest left wing Labour group – said it was a “cynical and desperate” attempt to “smash the left”.

Labour’s biggest financial backer Unite also condemned the move.

The expulsions were agreed on Tuesday, at a nine-hour meeting of the National Executive Committee, at which Labour’s poor financial state

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