NEC chair and Disputes subcommittee chair are MPs as right moves to weaken member representation still further
The Labour right has mounted a take-over during today’s meeting of the party’s National Executive Committee – removing elected representatives of Labour’s membership from key subcommittees to further wall off members from party decisions.
While the right appears to have swerved away from a plan to elect Gurinder Singh Josan after the SKWAWKBOX broke news of it this morning and the unanswered questions about Josan’s conduct, the right has removed every member representative as chair of any subcommittee, including Yasmin Dar as chair of ‘Disputes’, which runs a vital stage of Labour’s disciplinary process.
The new Disputes chair is right-wing MP Shabana Mahmood – now the only BAME person on the ‘officers’ group of subcommittee chairs. This leaves MPs chairing both the NEC as a whole and the disciplinary subcommittee, raising fears of the very political interference in disciplinary processes that the recent EHRC report supposedly bans.
The power grab is a further show of contempt by the Labour right toward party members, weakening the influence on the NEC of representatives elected by members. The assault on democracy and freedom of speech continues.
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