Labour First-backed Gurinder Singh Josan is asking members to re-elect him to NEC but acted to hinder member democracy, according to NEC sources
Gurinder Singh Josan, who won election to Labour’s National Executive Committee (NEC) in a by-election earlier this year because of a divided left slate, is standing for re-election as part of the Labour First- and Progress-backed right-wing slate of candidates in the election of nine ‘CLP’ (constituency Labour party) member representatives on the NEC.
But other NEC members say that Josan – a close associate of right-wingers such as John Spellar, Luke Akehurst and former deputy leader Tom Watson – voted yesterday to block an NEC discussion intended to restore democracy to Labour members around the country currently limited by restrictions because of the coronavirus pandemic.
As the NEC meeting agenda was running out of time last night, Josan voted against deferring a discussion about CLP online meetings to the NEC’s Organisation Committee next week. The motion had been proposed by left ‘CLP reps’ on the NEC in order to create time to give it more attention and discuss it properly.
He then seconded a proposal to curtail the discussion, which he and other right-wingers voted through so the NEC didn’t have adequate time to discuss the issue.
The agenda item had been intended for discussion of online CLP meetings, which currently have limited scope, to agree proposals to allow local parties to run important annual general meetings (AGMs) online. AGMs allow CLPs to elect key executive positions to run the CLP’s activities for the next year.
Mr Josan was contacted for comment on whether his conduct was compatible with asking members to re-elect him to represent their interests, but did not respond. He also failed to respond earlier this month to questions about serious concerns raised over his conduct toward a vulnerable member and his alleged use of a local Tory to broker a meeting to discuss bringing down a local Labour councillor.
Labour members may wish to bear his voting record in mind when the ballot in the new election opens.
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