Right-wing NEC members refuse to make way for Yasmin Dar – including deputy leader Angela Rayner, NEC BAME representative, Sandwell Sikh member
Right-wingers on Labour’s National Executive Committee (NEC) voted this week to block an Asian member from a panel to select council candidates for a West Midlands borough with 20% Asian residents.
The panel is being arranged to select local election candidates for Sandwell borough – and two white, male representatives had been put forward. An NEC representative elected by Labour members told SKWAWKBOX how events unfolded:
There is going to be a joint panel to select the council candidates for Sandwell Council. The area has a sizeable BAME population. The grassroots representatives asked one of the two white male candidates to stand aside in favour of [fellow NEC rep] Yasmine Dar – so the NEC’s representation would be gender balanced and there would be BAME participation.
They refused to stand down so it went to a vote. The left lost.
Angela Rayner voted in favour of keeping two white men. So did the NEC BAME representative Carol Sewell. So did Gurinder Singh Josan . So did Alice Perry, another councillor. It was absolutely disgusting.
One of the two white men who refused to step aside is the new chair of the NEC’s equalities subcommittee.
Right-wingers on the NEC have a sorry history of voting on the wrong side of issues. Rayner helped to prevent left-wingers taking key positions on important NEC subcommittees; Sewell voted against including racism in the scope of the investigation into the infamous leaked Labour report; Josan voted to block Labour members from voting online in key meetings during the first lockdown.
Party leader Keir Starmer last year appointed an all-white LOTO team to run a ‘diversity review’.
The NEC’s input on a joint panel to decide who stands for the party, in a borough where almost one in four residents are Asian or black, will now be the exclusive preserve of two white, male men.
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