NEC members say they knew nothing about payment before news broke
Last night the SKWAWKBOX exclusively revealed that the Labour Party has used members’ money to pay out around £15,000 to settle a court case brought by a local venue against Ealing Southall MP Virendra Sharma and Ealing Council leader Julian Bell over an unpaid bill.
According to local members, the pair had attempted to use local members’ funds to pay for an event, without authorisation by the ‘CLP’ (constituency Labour party) executive, but members refused when they found out and say there were significant ‘irregularities’ about the process. The Aroma Banqueting Suite took the two to court to claim payment.
But the SKWAWKBOX can also reveal that Labour’s National Executive Committee (NEC) was not consulted about the decision to pay out thousands to settle a case in which the party was not even involved – nor even informed about it before the SKWAWKBOX broke the news.
This is the second time the party has paid out a large amount of cash over the heads of its supposedly ruling body. In July it paid around £600,000, on Keir Starmer’s say-so, to ‘whistleblowers’ to settle a case the party’s lawyers said it was likely to win.
The Labour Party, Virendra Sharma and Julian Bell were all contacted for comment. None has so far responded.
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