Enfield Southgate CLP (constituency Labour party) has been at the heart of a series of recent explosive developments in the north London borough of Enfield, where the local campaign forum (LCF) secretary oversaw a highly ‘irregular’ process for selecting council candidates – who promptly elected her as the new council leader.
The now-leader, Nesil Caliskan – who, like her family, is closely allied with the Labour right and with local MP Joan Ryan – then threatened Labour group secretaries at the council with redundancy to make room for her to have a new political adviser.
Enfield Southgate held an all-member meeting on Thursday night, where members overwhelming backed the motion below supporting the threatened staff and criticising Ms Caliskan – only four votes were cast against it:
Enfield Southgate CLP recognises and appreciates the support given to Labour Councillors by Council staff working in the Labour Group office and reaffirms its support for Labour values of trade unionism and treating staff decently.
The CLP is extremely concerned about:
1. The role of the Council leader and the Council Chief Executive in the attempt to remove the Labour Group secretaries from their jobs allegedly to make way for a “political advisor”.
2. The refusal of the Council leader to answer questions regarding her role.
This CLP therefore:
1. Expresses its full solidarity with the affected staff.
2. Calls on the Council leader to provide a full and frank explanation of her role in this matter.
3. Supports the motion proposed by Cllr Daniel Anderson calling for an investigation (copied below).
4. Calls on all Southgate Councillors to support the position of the CLP.
5. Instructs the CLP Chair to write to the Chair of the Labour Group setting out our concerns and to copy the letter to the Association of Labour Councillors, the three Enfield Labour MPs, and the National Executive Committee.
Sentiment among members that Nesil Caliskan’s position is untenable appears to be similarly overwhelming. It’s hard to disagree.
Ms Caliskan has not responded to any attempt to contact her for comment about developments in Enfield.
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