Mirza blocked from NEC by-election by complaint
A left candidate for the BAME (black, Asian, minority ethnic) seat on Labour’s National Executive Committee (NEC) has been suspended after a complaint to the party about his conduct.
Mehmood Mirza, who received 75 nominations from local parties, would be unable to publicise the nature of the complaint because of Labour’s confidentiality requirements. However, while the precise nature of the complaint is unknown, a Labour source has told the SKWAWKBOX that parts relate to Mirza applauding a speaker’s comments at a Labour Party meeting and walking around a meeting after members were asked to remain seated.
The SKWAWKBOX also understands that Mirza’s supporters allege that the complaint was lodged by a figure on the left of the party.
Two hours before Mirza received notification from the party, he received a call from the right-wing Telegraph newspaper asking him to comment on the complaint.
Recently, two BAME candidates – Cllr Jo Bird and Mohammed Azam – were suspended by the party after similar complaints. Jo Bird was quickly reinstated and enjoys a high degree of popularity among Labour’s left members. Mr Azam is understood to be out of the country dealing with a family matter.
The Labour Party does not comment on individual cases.
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