Mish Rahman also prevented from participating in selection panel for council candidates in 24% BAME borough, leaving all-white, all-male representation
The SKWAWKBOX reported exclusively last night that right-wing National Executive Committee (NEC) members had blocked Asian member Yasmine Dar from sitting on a panel to select Labour’s council candidates in Sandwell – the West Midlands borough with almost one in four BAME residents – in favour of appointing two white, male councillors.
But Dar was not the only NEC member blocked in this manner by the right, which has had a majority on the committee since Keir Starmer became Labour leader.
Mish Rahman is another left NEC member – and based in Walsall, right next to Sandwell, so with plenty of knowledge of the local communities and dynamics. Yet he was also prevented by the right from sitting on the selection panel in favour of white male councillors who refused to step aside – one from London and one from Newcastle.
In fact, according to NEC sources, right-wingers used the fact that Rahman is local as their excuse for barring him – yet when Rahman asked whether blocking members local to a selection was going to be the precedent for future selections, he was told no: just on this occasion.
Yet Yasmine Dar, who would have brought both ethnic and gender balance to the panel representation, is a councillor in Manchester – and was still voted out. In her case, the alleged excuse was a lack of experience – despite being a sitting councillor and a long-time NEC member, as well as the recent chair of the NEC’s important ‘Disputes Panel’, until she was voted out as part of a right-wing coup to remove all NEC subcommittee chairs from the left of the party or elected by Labour members.
Meanwhile, the right’s justification for selecting two representatives from about as far away from Sandwell as you can get in England was that they had local government experience – as they are councillors. One of those selected, ironically, was recently elected by the right to chair the NEC’s ‘equalities’ subcommittee. Both have been contacted for comment before they are named.
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