Former general secretary accused in leaked Labour report loses bid to be de-listed as defendant
Former Labour Party general Iain McNicol has failed in a bid to have his name removed from Mark Howell’s lawsuit against the party over the alleged efforts of former right-wing headquarters staff to hamper the party’s election campaigns and disciplinary processes, which Howell claims mean that they “sought the victory of rival parties”.
McNicol – whose case is being funded by the party, to the deafeningly silent non-outrage of centrists – tried to extricate himself from the case, but his attempt failed when the judge ruled that Chapter 2 clause II, paragraph 7 of the party’s rule book was probably sufficient grounds for him to be forced to defend his conduct. That section outlines the treatment that party members have a right to expect:
Members have the right to dignity and respect, and to be treated fairly by the Labour Party. Party officers at every level shall exercise their powers in good faith and use their best endeavours to ensure procedural fairness for members.
The judge felt that there were likely issues in McNicol’s alleged behaviour that brought this section of the rules into play in regard to Howell’s claim that Labour under McNicol,
breached its contract with the claimant and its non-contractual pact with the voting public of the UK.
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