Sources inside Labour’s NEC (National Executive Committee) have given the SKWAWKBOX an exclusive outline of the planned path of today’s meeting regarding the adoption of additional IHRA ‘working definition’ (‘IHRA’) examples – and the anticipated outcome, subject to successful passage by the NEC.
Jeremy Corbyn is delivering a short speech about the Labour Party’s position on free speech, Palestinian rights and the interaction with the (expected) additional IHRA examples – taken from the statement referred to in this blog’s report this morning – then others will contribute on the legal and other aspects before a motion is submitted for the NEC to approve it.
The statement will be underpinned by a new version of the Code of Conduct with strengthened protections – the so-called ‘Code Plus’ – to be agreed at the NEC’s regular meeting on the 18th of this month. This is expected to be broadly as described exclusively in previous SKWAWKBOX analyses.
On this basis, the motion, statement and Code Plus should have enough support to carry, putting the issue to bed from a Labour Party viewpoint.
Labour’s internal and external opponents will, of course, continue to try to exploit the issue and the mainstream media will be as eagerly helpful in that regard as ever – but it will be time for the party to handle its business and accept no further pressure. Those who are serious about protecting Jewish people will focus their attentions on other parties that have not yet adopted adequate policies and systems for dealing with this, or for that matter any other, form of discrimination.
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