Decision announced on Twitter moments ago
Jennie Formby has announced that she is standing down as general secretary of the Labour Party with immediate effect. A move to replace her has been anticipated ever since Keir Starmer won the Labour leadership election.
While undergoing chemotherapy to battle cancer, Ms Formby revolutionised Labour’s disciplinary processes after the obstructive shambles that the recently-leaked Labour internal report showed was taking place under her predecessor Iain McNicol. In spite of this, she has been frequently and shamefully attacked – for failings that occurred before her tenure and which were deliberately worsened by outgoing right-wingers – often by members and parliamentary representatives of her own party as well as by hostile media.
Keir Starmer now faces an even greater headache in the fact that one of his favourites for the role is prominent in the leaked report and another is mentioned in a complaint by an anonymous group of GMB staff calling itself MeTooGMB that coincided with the departure of that union’s general secretary.
The SKWAWKBOX wishes Ms Formby well for her future. The Labour Party is the poorer for her departure.
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