Exclusive: new Wallasey CLP evidence – NEC report more holes than swiss cheese

The SKWAWKBOX series of articles on the saga of the suspension of Wallasey CLP (constituency Labour party), amid allegations of ‘abuse’ and homophobic insults against Labour MP Angela Eagle, has aroused much interest and comment.

This blog was the first to publish the full NECDP (National Executive Committee Disputes Panel) report into alleged events at the CLP and was able to reveal a series of fundamental weaknesses in the report, as well as as proof that at least one of the allegations made by Ms Eagle’s supporters was complete fiction.

Last week, a 102-page report was submitted to the NEC by the officers of Wallasey CLP, providing detailed evidence to support their critique of the report and protest at the continuing suspension of meetings.

The full report cannot yet be published, but, in another exclusive, the SKWAWKBOX has obtained a summary report prepared by the same people.

This summary report is deeply damning of the NECDP’s report and of the allegations made against Wallasey Labour members. It shows, among other things, that:

  • the report implies poor running of the meeting by Corbyn supporters when in fact the events complained about – such as they were – took place when the meeting was being run by the very people doing the complaining
  • there is a complete lack of evidence for almost every complaint – except one that is by a Corbyn supporter (which is not mentioned in the NECDP report) and which has been proven to be justified
  • the NEC has taken no action against the supporters of Angela Eagle proven to have made false accusations, in spite of reminders
  • far from abusing Ms Eagle, the Corbyn-supporters the CLP complained to Merseyside police about a lack of protection for her
  • the only people to provide a proper code of conduct to the CLP members were the newly-elected, Corbyn-supporting officers
  • claims of local councillors being abused for not setting ‘illegal’ budgets are groundless; in fact the CLP passed a motion encouraging the setting of legal budgets
  • there is no evidence of a campaign to deselect councillors – but ‘paranoia’ on the part of councillors may go a long way to explaining the allegations aimed at the suspension of the CLP
  • the ‘threat of violence’ was barely a ‘ripple in a teacup’, let alone a storm – to the extent that the NECDP should be embarrassed it was even included
  • the letter to Ms Eagle, which is implied by the report to be controversial, simply asked her to support the party’s leader and was passed almost unanimously; there was no controversy, as at this point she had not declared her intention to run against him
  • allegations that motions supporting Ms Eagle had been blocked are completely false and the circulation of all motions has been thoroughly documented
  • allegations of homophobic abuse are not only unfounded but beyond credibility – and still no formal allegations have been made to the police about what would be a criminal act, if it occurred at all
  • there is no evidence of other abuse toward Ms Eagle or other CLP members by anyone in the CLP
  • the NECDP report fails to mention that the one person convicted of abuse toward Angela Eagle is neither a member of the CLP (as he lives in Scotland), nor even a member of the Labour party, and in fact it implies otherwise
  • the suspension of Wallasey CLP meetings directly contravenes the NECDP report’s own stated standards

The full report is attached to the end of this article, including appendices of supporting information, but key points and evidence are shown below.

A ‘contradiction’ in terms

The NECDP’s own report makes clear that it is based on ‘contradictory’ accounts of key events – yet comes down squarely on the side of those making the accusations, in spite of a complete lack of evidence for them.

A fear of by the unknown

The report paints a negative picture of the CLP by claiming that ‘some members’ are fearful of ‘repercussions’ for speaking out. But Labour party procedures are based on anonymity for complainants, so those complaining will remain anonymous – unless they choose to ‘come out’, for example by talking to TV cameras.

Several have done so – which rather suggests an absence of ‘fearfulness’ on their part.

Pointing at a mirror?

The NECDP report claims to identify problems with confusion about delegates at meetings and with a resulting ‘febrile’ atmosphere. In fact, the confusion was minor and transitory – but if the accusations are true at all, they took place while the meeting was being run by those making the complaints– and the Secretary had been asked more than 9 months previously for the rules to be clarified:

app re pt4.png

I’ll second that (legal) motion..

The NECDP states that councillors were targeted for not setting illegal budgets in excess of government caps – when in fact the CLP sent them a motion encouraging them to set legal budgets:

app re pt8.png

Minutes of the meeting show that no motion was put forward criticising the council, in direct contradiction of the NECDP claim. Similarly, there is no evidence of a campaign to deselect any councillors.

“I’ll shut it for you (if I can reach!)”

As the SKWAWKBOX reported, the ‘threat of violence’ that supposedly left younger and older members ‘frightened’ and ‘vulnerable’ was, in fact, a very small woman telling a very big man some distance away, who was being persistently rude to her, “shut your mouth or I’ll shut it for you”.

Presumably, someone would have had to move so she could stand on a chair to do it – hardly the stuff of nightmares for even the most timid, and the meeting immediately returned to good humour.

Problems – what problems?

The same voted-out former CLP officers responsible for the disorganised start of the AGM were those who would have been responsible for reporting problems in the behaviour of the CLP during the previous year of their tenure. Some of them appeared on TV to allege that there had been such problems. However:

pt-15

‘Some’ = 1?

The report attempts to undermine the validity of a letter sent by the CLP to Ms Eagle by stating that ‘some’ members left the meeting and that this occurred because of disagreement about whether the letter should even be discussed.

But neither is true – unless ‘some’ can mean ‘one’. As the minutes of the meeting show, only one member left and this was because of childcare responsibilities.

And in any case, the letter – far fromcontribut[ing] to the raised tensions that then followed – was (at the time) entirely uncontroversial. As far as the CLP’s members knew, Ms Eagle was not standing against Jeremy Corbyn and, in fact, did not even resign from the Shadow Cabinet until days later.

The D-word

As for the most damning allegations – that Ms Eagle ‘faced’ homophobic abuse – these simply fail to stand up.

Firstly, Ms Eagle was not at the meeting – she had sent ‘apologies’ for her absence and these are recorded in the minutes.

Secondly, the idea that there was abuse but some people failed to hear it is beyond credibility. The room in which the meeting took place measures only 24x18ft – only twice the size of a decently-sized living room – and the allegations are that more than one person committed the abuse, supposedly using the same anti-lesbian ‘D’ word.

Third, nobody at the meeting raised any complaint – in a room full of delegates, including union representatives and councillors, none of whom would be likely to be ‘shrinking violets’ afraid to call out any abuse.

Finally, homophobic abuse is a criminal offence. As soon as they heard about the abuse, the newly-elected officers of the CLP wrote a 6-page report calling for the allegations to be reported to the police:

app-re-pt20

To date, no such allegations have been made to the police – in direct contravention of party rules. Perhaps because breaking party rules doesn’t carry a prison sentence, while making false accusations to police would be likely to result in significant ‘time’.

The one person who has – rightly – been convicted of making threats to Ms Eagle lives in Scotland and is not a Labour member. He is therefore unable, on two counts, to be a member of Wallasey CLP, since both residency in the constituency and membership of the party are absolute requirements. The report not only fails to mention that, in spite of it being well known at the time of writing, but implies otherwise.

Not only, but also..

The CLP went further, though – showing a definite concern for Ms Eagle’s wellbeing in spite of the allegations in which she had participated. Not only were the NECDP report’s allegations that they had dismissed concerns false, but the CLP had written to police expressing concern at the lack of police protection for the MP and asking for it to be put in place:

app-re-pt31

Brickgate

The NECDP report concludes that the infamous (yet not even in evidence) ‘brick’ must have been politically motivated because “the position of the window made it very unlikely that this was a random passer-by”.

But, as the CLP response makes clear, the window in question is right next to a public footpath – one that runs from a notorious pub to a neighbouring housing estate.

There is no evidence that the window was broken out of political motives. There is no evidence that it wasn’t. Because there is no evidence at all about who broke the window or why.

But there is certainly evidence that the report’s statement about the position of the window is nonsense and that the conclusion about motives is baseless.

Proof positive – and positively no action

By contrast with the glaring lack of evidence for pretty much anything alleged by the report, there is proof positive that a false accusation was made by supporters of Angela Eagle against a Corbyn supporter.

A number of pro-Eagle supporters accused one of the officers of a breach of data protection by obtaining member names and addresses to post leaflets through their doors on a given date. The party was quick to act on these allegations:

app re pt24.png

but the accused was hundreds of miles away in London – and could prove it:

app re pt25.png

However, in stark contrast with the speed of response when the false allegations were made. no action has been taken to date by the party against the members proven to have invented them, over 3 months later.

Not only, but also..

The allegations of abuse a

And finally..?

The NECDP report laughably ends with a statement that,

we will not act on unsubstantiated allegations

But, as the officers’ response points out, this is nonsense – the CLP has been suspended on exactly that: unsubstantiated allegations. And not merely unsubstantiated but often flying in the face of what actual evidence exists.

Even a cursory reading of the original NEC report and the CLP’s response to it are enough to suggest that, far from being the ‘proof’ of any abuse that Ms Eagle and others have claimed it to be, the NECDP report is as full of holes as a piece of Swiss cheese – and far more malodorous.

Once and for all, this ridiculous situation needs to be ‘put to bed’ – with a full, public and unreserved apology, not only from the NEC Disputes Panel but also from Ms Eagle and every person who made these palpably ridiculous allegations.

(The full Wallasey CLP report can be downloaded here: wallasey-report-with-comments)

17 responses to “Exclusive: new Wallasey CLP evidence – NEC report more holes than swiss cheese

  1. The whole sorry saga of the Labour Party Coupe is enough to cause the implosion of the party as we know it. The people who made these false allegations along with the NEC members who were involved in the worst attempt at vote rigging ever seen in British politics, Along with the PLP and NEC members who were part of the suspension purge need to be prosecuted for their illegal gathering of so called evidence. There needs to be a super complaint to the data protection commissioner. There needs to be a further investigation into the behaviour of the NEC and the PLP members who have brought the party into disrepute. Most of all Ian McNicholl has to go, In my opinion he should have been sacked already for his mishandling of the election expenses at the last General Election. I would take this opportunity of thanking Jeremy Corbyn and his team for saving the party from financial ruin. For the record I was not a Corbyn supporter at the time. We were £10Million in debt until Jeremy brought so many supporters and the finance with it. We now have the biggest party in Europe and we actually have a few bob for a change. If we leave the people like McNicholl in charge we won’t have it long. I wonder how long it will take for the NEC and McNicholl to apologise to all the innocent people who were suspended so I can keep it file for future use. The arrogance of the PLP and the NEC has to be dealt with before the party can move on.

    Liked by 1 person

  2. love this guy SO much; one of the Best; like all subversive journos I feel Forced to Reveal My Sources … Though I am signed up Computer Says, I know I ave not parted wiv any cash …now I wants to pay him to Shush or not Shush as he sees fit. Because I am following him and have not set up a DD for the Princely Sum of one pound per month (got too excited and paid AAV the quid, by mistake … same way old Withnail went on his hols) if anyone can help me get back to the Pay Your Dues place I shall be v v grateful…in fact not so much a share more an asking for Directions…I know someone out there can help…so good friends please help me out by liking him as I do and sharing this valuable source until I can finally understand the system to give the hardworking hack the quids I already owe him!! anytime you can will do…I am in no rush to throw away my treasure but am also Not a Dragon but a Rooster. love ya all…only nuff energy to Get The Right Answer so please be gentle wiv me and only give me what I need…xxxxx

    Like

  3. Pingback: Exclusive: new Wallasey CLP evidence – NEC report more holes than swiss cheese | Sid's Blog·

  4. Pingback: Murdoch rag catches on 3 weeks late – and slips into slander | The SKWAWKBOX·

  5. Pingback: Why does Progress appear at the centre of pay-cuts to low-paid council staff? | The SKWAWKBOX·

  6. Pingback: Guardian issues correction re ‘Eagle’ window. If you work for #Progressonline, that’s ‘depressing’ | The SKWAWKBOX·

  7. Pingback: Eagle asked Wallasey CLP to support #OwenSmith – knowing they couldn’t vote | The SKWAWKBOX·

  8. Pingback: Now CLACTON #Labour ‘suspended’ for supporting #Corbyn | The SKWAWKBOX·

  9. Pingback: Police ‘no brick’; proven-false #smears; time #Wallasey CLP had INDEPENDENT report | The SKWAWKBOX·

  10. Pingback: Wallasey vice-Chair under expulsion threat – for refuting false allegations | The SKWAWKBOX·

  11. Pingback: Wallasey suspension extended without appeal. “But we still expect you when we want you” | The SKWAWKBOX·

  12. Pingback: Exclusive: letter suggests shady #fakenews dealings at NEC/Liverpool Riverside CLP | The SKWAWKBOX·

  13. Pingback: Explosive statement from Wallasey vice-Chair to NEC highlights further abuse | The SKWAWKBOX·

  14. Pingback: No brick, bullying or charges – but #Wallasey vice-Chair suspended, expulsion likely | The SKWAWKBOX·

  15. Pingback: Could anyone consider THIS letter ‘intimidation’? Pls share. #Wallasey | The SKWAWKBOX·

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s