Right-wing abstentions rear their head again, too
The Labour right attempted a manoeuvre this week to block any further meetings of key National Executive Committee (NEC) sub-committees that still have a substantial left influence – until after the results of the NEC elections.
A senior Labour source told the SKWAWKBOX:
They tried to push everything to the ‘new NEC’ (because they don’t like the current one!) at the NEC away day in November. This is a continuation of their tactics from the previous meeting.
So under AOB [any other business] at Org [the NEC’s organisational subcommittee] on Tuesday they proposed to ‘clear the diary’, i.e. cancel the scheduled November equalities, organisation and disputes committees.
They lost the vote 11-10 because it was a completely mad anti-democratic proposal as there is loads of business.
Had the vote been successful, a large number of key decisions on equalities and disciplinary matters would have been blocked until after the election results, which the right hopes will increase its dominance on the NEC still further. However, it was lost by 11-10.
Asked whether the two right-wingers elected in by-elections earlier this year, after left organisations failed to unite behind a single ‘slate’ of candidates, had voted to support the manoeuvre, the source replied:
Gurinder and Johanna abstained on most things I think after last time.
Johanna Baxter and Gurinder Singh Josan are standing for re-election to the NEC as part of the right-wing ‘Labour to Win’ slate. At the end of September, Josan was heavily criticised for voting to block Labour members from holding key meetings online to exercise their local democratic rights.
If the abstention on this issue – a centrist tactic all too popular now – was meant to avoid criticism while Labour members have still to cast their ballots in the ongoing NEC elections, it deserves to fail.
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