The SKWAWKBOX published details and analysis earlier this week of Labour’s new disciplinary process for antisemitism complaints. The new process, which is based firmly on the recommendations of the Chakrabarti report, has been widely welcomed for its clear processes, fixed timescales and intelligent measures to depoliticise complaints and adjudications.
However, Labour members have understandably been asking what is in store with regard to other types of complaints or disciplinary issues. So the SKWAWKBOX found out.
A Labour insider told this blog:
For cases that don’t involve antisemitism, there is going to be an NEC working group on the whole disciplinary process.
The areas covered will include the NCC [National Constitutional Committee, Labour’s senior disciplinary body] and the group will be working with the new Legal Affairs Director (LAD). One of the first tasks of the LAD will be to do a full review of everything we’re doing as soon as they are appointed.
We have to have an appeals process, but the party also needs to ensure the NCC doesn’t take decisions on its own – they must have a lawyer to advise them to ensure everyone is treated in accordance with the rules and natural justice.
We also need that legal oversight throughout the process from complaints handling right the way through to NCC.
There will also be better training for all staff involved – they’ve had sexual harassment training but nothing else so that’s all got to be sorted so we have full professionalism across the whole team. That includes – and in particular – investigation officers.
So there’s a lot still to do but Jennie is working on it. It will just take a little more time once we have the LAD appointed.
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