Filmmaker Ken Loach has announced that he’s been expelled from the Labour Party, as he condemned a wide scale “witch hunt” among its members.

Loach, 85, a life long socialist, said he had been ejected after he refused to “disown” other critics from the Labour left who had already been removed.

The move comes after the party last month cut ties with four associated groups on the grounds that they were “not compatible” with Labour values.

They included groups which had been critical of Sir Keir Starmer’s efforts to tackle anti-Semitism within the party’s ranks.

In a defiant series of tweets, Loach insisted that the “clique” around the Labour leader would never ultimately prevail.

“Labour HQ finally decided I’m not fit to be a member of their party, as I will not disown those already expelled,” he said.

“Well, I am proud to stand with the good friends and comrades victimised by the purge,” he continued.

“There is indeed a witch hunt.

“Starmer and his clique will never lead a party of the people. We are many, they are few. Solidarity.”

The announcement was met with incredulity on Twitter, as users condemned the alleged move and expressed solidarity with the iconic director.

Here’s a look at what his supporters have had to say:

Meanwhile, others have offered their backing to party over the alleged decision:

Loach, a supporter of former leader Jeremy Corbyn, has long expressed his socialist ideals through films such as ‘Kes’, ‘I, Daniel Blake’ and ‘Sorry We Missed You’.

Asked about the apparent fall-out, a Labour Party spokesperson told indy100: “We are not going to comment on individual cases.

“As previously reported, the NEC (National Executive Committee) took the decision to proscribe a number of organisations at its last meeting.”

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