In the tumult surrounding the failure earlier this week of Labour’s NEC (National Executive Committee) to pass the full ‘statement’ put forward by party leader Jeremy Corbyn’s to protect free speech, the understanding of the detailed dynamics of the meeting and of the intentions of individual NEC members has been fluid.
No vote was ultimately taken on the full statement, which a number of outgoing NEC members were said to have spoken against, and a truncated free speech promise was ultimately appended to the acceptance of additional examples from the International Holocaust Remembrance Association (IHRA) ‘working definition of antisemitism’.
But in a dramatic development, NEC member Ann Black – one of the outgoing members thought to have opposed the full statement – has issued the following comment to the SKWAWKBOX:
I did not get the chance to speak, and there was no vote. Had I done so I would have supported protecting free speech.
The full statement is expected to come to a formal vote either at the full NEC meeting on 18 September – in which Ms Black will still be eligible to participate – or after Labour’s annual Conference in Liverpool later this month.
Ms Black’s statement indicates that the democratic advantage senior Labour figures expect to have at the next meeting is stronger than at first anticipated.
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