Gurinder Singh Josan failed to respond to questions about issues during last NEC election
Labour’s ‘disputes panel’ of National Executive Committee (NEC) members is a key step in the party’s disciplinary processes, with the power to suspend and even expel Labour members – and a member of the party’s right-wing pressure group is expected to be elected as its chair by the NEC’s right-wing majority when it meets today, according to Labour sources, despite ‘serious and unresolved concerns‘ about his own conduct.
Labour First-backed Gurinder Singh Josan was asked during last autumn’s NEC elections to comment on allegations including:
- publicly bullying a blind fellow member during a Unite branch meeting. When the member complained to Unite, Josan switched his delegacy to the local Labour party to representing the GMB union instead. The member said in his complaint:
“His abuse towards me in front of 85 people made me feel extremely vulnerable, publicly humiliated, very uncomfortable, deeply saddened and under siege by Gurinder who would not stop his attacks against me until the Chair forced him to resume his seat“
- holding a meeting with a hostile blogger that was set up by a local Tory, at which he provided bundles of documents aimed at ‘bringing down’ a Labour councillor in the area
- attempting to block a fellow Sikh’s parliamentary candidacy
Mr Josan never responded to the questions about his conduct, which he had asked be sent by email. His election as chair of one of Labour’s senior disciplinary bodies while these issues remain unresolved will raise further ‘serious concerns’.
The SKWAWKBOX called Josan to ask for comment on his suitability for the position of disputes chair. He declined to answer but expressed his delight about the prospect.
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