Momentum founder splits left vote, risking right-wing win
Left-wing NEC member Yasmine Dar has defeated a bid by Momentum founder Jon Lansman to become the chair of the key disciplinary committee on Labour’s National Executive Committee (NEC).
Dar, elected to the NEC as one of the ‘JC9’ slate of left-wing candidates, was elected as chair of the Disputes Committee that oversees disciplinary cases – seeing off Lansman and right-winger Wendy Nichols. With the left vote on the NEC split, the result was tight.
Lansman, who also manages Rebecca Long-Bailey’s campaign in the Labour leadership election, is well known to believe that antisemitism is a ‘massive’ problem in the Labour Party. By contrast, Dar has said that she has seen no evidence of a systemic or institutional problem – and that when the Equalities and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) decided to investigate Labour, it missed
an opportunity to rise above party politics and address deep rooted inequalities within our society.
This is not the first time Jon Lansman has tried – and failed – to gain influence over suspensions and disciplinary proceedings. In 2018 he applied to become Labour’s general secretary – a move that would have automatically given an NEC seat to the party’s right under Labour’s rules at the time – before abandoning his bid after many on the left reacted with anger.
Jon Lansman has previously told the SKWAWKBOX not to contact him for comment.
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