Two non-slate candidates both well over the nomination threshold when suspended
Popular NEC (National Executive Committee) by-election candidates Jo Bird and Mo Azam are the two candidates suspended last night by the Labour Party as the SKWAWKBOX reported exclusively last night.
The SKWAWKBOX understands that Birkenhead councillor Bird was leading in nominations by constituency Labour parties (CLPs) and that Azam’s nominations were well into the twenties – both well beyond the five-nomination qualification requirement. Further nominations were made in their favour at CLP meetings last night.
The suspensions, on the same evening that Momentum announced its slate of two white candidates to replace two BAME NEC members, have caused widespread anger and outrage among Labour members as awareness of the identity of the suspended hopefuls began to circulate.
While suspended, the pair are ineligible to stand for election. However, the SKWAWKBOX understands that both intend to fight the suspension and are asking CLPs to continue to nominate them as usual until secretaries are formally notified of the suspension.
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