The Huffington Post reported last week that ‘plans’ may be going forward within the Labour Party to make the position of General Secretary – the party’s highest employed position – elected:
If true, it would spell the end for current incumbent Iain McNicol, who is blamed by many pro-Corbyn members for the purges and other anti-democratic measures that hampered Corbyn’s efforts – and for the party’s polling for the first 20 months or so of his leadership – and for the negative official strategy in June’s General Election.
However, senior Labour insiders have told the SKWAWKBOX that such a move is currently not ‘on the cards’:
Making the position elected is not on the cards at the moment. The situation is sh*t but McNicol is currently bending over backwards to please. But a lot on the left have a long memory – maybe someone should start a petition.
Various constituency parties have already passed motions against McNicol’s tenure, so it seems likely that there would be broad support for such a petition and for a move to give Labour’s huge membership democratic control over who holds a position that has such an enormous effect on Labour’s inner workings and democracy.
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