As regular readers of this blog will know, Wallasey CLP (Constituency Labour Party) has been suspended for months following allegations of homophobic and other abuse – allegations that proved to be baseless but which have still been used by the party’s NEC (National Executive Committee) ‘Disputes Panel’ to keep the party suspended until at least the new year.
Wallasey’s executive committee wrote a 102-page report in response to the NECDP’s woefully inadequate and skewed investigation and its glaring inconsistencies and sent this to the party’s General Secretary, Iain McNicol.
Now McNicol has responded – by ignoring the evidence it presented and criticising the exec for writing the report. And by launching a new investigation into them for writing it. Here is an extract from an email circulated to local Labour and Momentum members:
McNicol has been the subject of no-confidence votes by various CLPs, including Garston & Halewood, just across the Mersey from Wallasey, because of the wave of suspensions and expulsions across the party during the recent leadership election. Wallasey CLP is, of course, unable to hold such a vote, as it is still suspended.
The hubris and shamelessness of his response to the detailed, thoroughly-researched and meticulously-presented counter-report by the elected executive of the Wallasey party simply underscore why those no-confidence motions have been so overwhelmingly carried.
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