Several NEC members have told the SKWAWKBOX that neither the addition of the remaining ‘IHRA examples‘ to Labour’s Code of Conduct nor the strengthening of protections for free speech and the rights of Palestinians are on the agenda for 4 September – contrary to the confident claims of the mainstream media.
There are in fact two meetings on the 4th – and both of them are ‘extraordinary’. The first is a meeting of the NEC Disputes Panel (the NEC’s disciplinary sub-committee in which any NEC member can participate) aiming to deal with the remaining backlog of antisemitism cases, followed by an extraordinary meeting of the whole NEC specifically to discuss and agree the ‘Democracy Review‘ recommendations to be put forward for ratification by member and union delegates at Labour’s annual conference next month in Liverpool.
No time has been included for other matters and the agenda is being tightly protected.
Of course, attempts might – and are quite likely to – be made to lever them on by means of an emergency motion at the meeting. But as things stand, the issues are on the agenda for the full, pre-Conference NEC meeting taking place 18 Sep. If any attempt is made, it’s essential that the NEC Chair either rule it out until the 18th or that members move the protections at the same time.
A number of NEC members appear convinced that the issues can’t be discussed even on the 18th, because of the standing order specifying three months must elapse – from the last resolution of the Code of Conduct – before the matter can be discussed again, but this is likely to be bypassed.
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