The SKWAWKBOX has revealed numerous scandals in the conduct of Labour selection processes – and the subsequent election has council leader of Nesil Caliskan – who oversaw the ‘irregular’ selection of candidates, by the candidates who benefited from that process – ousting popular incumbent Doug Taylor.
The SKWAWKBOX also covered the decision to threaten the jobs of Labour group secretaries in order to – as described to them in a no-notice meeting – make room for a new ‘political adviser’ for the new council leader.
Now councillors are in uproar after a motion proposed by the deputy council leader in support of the threatened workers was quashed by the council leader and key allies at a Labour group meeting last night.
The motion proposed by Daniel Anderson was:
This motion, according to local sources, was blocked by Caliskan and Cllr Tim Leaver – the ex-husband of a deputy Mayor of London – in an acrimonious meeting of Enfield Labour councillors last night, with the help of allies including new councillors.
But Leaver was once a vocal opponent of Joan Ryan and the Cazimoglus. In 2013, Mr Leaver was the man in charge of Enfield’s selections process – and spoke out against alleged malpractice.
In a letter leaked to the right-wing website Guido Fawkes, Mr Leaver accused Nesil Caliskan’s mother Alev Cazimoglu of “financial inducements or inducements in kind offered to attempt to secure support” and “interfering with or putting under duress a member in regard to how they vote.”
Yet last night he worked with them to rule out the inconvenient motion by the council’s deputy leader.
The SKWAWKBOX spoke to Tim Leaver. He said that he was unable to remember the specific details of his letter of complaint in 2013, but confirmed that the substance of his complaint was as described in the quoted sections.
When asked whether he stood by his complaint, he did not answer directly but stated that the allegations were dealt with by internal Labour Party processes – the General Secretary at the time was Iain McNicol – and the complaint was dismissed.
The issue of the blocked motion in favour of staff whose positions are under threat continues to unfold. More will follow very shortly.
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