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It is often difficult to separate conflated issues. In the cases you described I still don't know, for example, if George Galloway was expelled from Labour Party membership, just from the leadership or both. Also, by what means. I presume he could still vote for Labour in a general election should he so desire in any case. The issue is similar to citizenship in some respects. A native born US Citizen usually will, by law, lose their right to vote upon a felony conviction. The exact conditions vary from state to state as do the conditions under which lost civil rights are restored, if they ever are. But they do not lose citizenship, as that is intrinsic. Citizenship, however, can be revoked for immigrants and they can be deported.

The right to join and remain a member of a political party and the conditions under which that can be revoked seems to be more complex than we might imagine. The original question arose out of a discussion of what to do about former 'new Labour' leaders who were attempting to sabotage Corbyn. The person with whom I was having the discussion was born a US citizen but now resides in the UK. To the question of 'can they be expelled from the party' she answered 'of course they can'. But the grounds upon which this could happen and the mechanism for so doing have still to be elucidated.

I am hardly an expert on comparative political science as it applies to membership rights and rules in various countries, so it is hard for me to even start to investigate the issue. The same questions apply to every example you gave. I expect you can answer pretty directly and with some detail for Germany and Hungary.

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by ARGeezer (ARGeezer a in a circle eurotrib daught com) on Tue Jun 7th, 2016 at 09:07:15 AM EST
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