Minutes ago, the SKWAWKBOX broke news of a ‘betrayal’ by three – now possibly four – NEC (National Executive Committee) members to sink ‘Code Plus’, the enhanced Code of Conduct to protect free speech when the remaining ‘IHRA examples’ are adopted by the Labour Party.
But the senior Labour figures close to the leadership have pulled off what appears to be a stunning ‘save’ that should retrieve the situation for Labour’s membership.
At the last moment, a binding vote was avoided by adding the free-speech provisions to the consultation on the recommendations from Labour’s antisemitism consultation, meaning that the issue can now be revisited at the 18 Sep meeting or after conference, when newly-elected NEC members take their seat and the influence of one of the key players in the u-turn will be reduced.
Labour members can relax a little for now, but the repercussions of the game-playing by some NEC members are going to be felt for some time – and will not reflect well on them.
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